Britons drink around 876 cups of tea each year. So, it’s refreshing to know that when you buy Sainsbury’s Fairtrade tea you’ll be supporting the communities in the countries where your tea is grown. We’re the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products and all of our own brand teas are Fairtrade.
We source our Fairtrade tea from India, Sri Lanka and east African countries including Kenya and Malawi. All our own brand tea is produced and traded with respect and fairness so that the producer makes a fair profit and earns a sustainable income.
Supporting communities in Malawi
Situated in southern Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, The Sukambizi Association Trust is a tea farmers’ group with over 8,000 members. The Fairtrade Premiums it has received has helped it to build schools, improve local infrastructure and provide clean water to local villages.
Sukambizi Fairtrade Premium has paid for a clean water project which pumps ground water to seven villages and 4,000 families, who would otherwise have to collect water from unsafe streams and wells. Bridges have also been built over rivers and streams to connect 4,800 people in 45 villages, and to improve the efficiency of green leaf transportation to Lujeri Tea Estate.
Fairtrade Premium has paid for secondary school bursaries for orphan children. Classroom blocks have also been constructed for primary and secondary schools.
Fairtrade Premium has paid for one bag of fertiliser per member per year. Members also have access to loans to buy additional fertiliser.
Fairtrade Premium has part-funded the construction of Naphimba maternity wing where there are approximately 400 deliveries a year. This saves expectant mothers a 40km trip, or a traditional home birth with the danger of life-threatening complications. The maternity wing has also been provided with solar power and piped water.
Fairtrade Premium has also paid for other medical facilities including a guardian shelter at the local medical centre, where the relatives of patients can cook and sleep (previously they would have cooked under trees and slept in corridors), and an ambulance which serves a community of 30,000 people and saves patients a 40km trip.
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