Flowers

  • From Nomadism to a community champion

    My name is Ann Siminta, the Standards Compliance Manager in Sher Ethiopia PLC a flower grower and exporter.  I was born in Narok, Kenya, near the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, where the Maasai live a pastoralist lifestyle. My background enables me understand nomadism only too well, as well as the painful struggles of […]
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  • Fairtrade Premium, affirms a worker’s dreams

    Challenging childhood Born of a peasant mother, Esther Ngina Njuguna’s story is of rags to riches and one that affirms the adage, ‘hard work pays.’ As Esther recounts, every election year in Kenya since the 1990s, her family has known no peace having grown in one of the volatile regions in the country – Molo […]
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  • NEW MATERNAL WING TO DECREASE INFANT/MOTHER MORTALITY

    Women in Naivasha have suffered improper maternal care for a long time. Over the past ten years the development in the horticultural sector in the region has led to an increase in migration of workers and their families. An additional 70,000 people have been employed, 70% of them being female. Unfortunately, local authorities did not adapt Naivasha’s healthcare facilities to the new situation.
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  • Private and open classes in Tanzania

    Supervisors at Kiliflora required the help of workers to provide regular harvest reports. Delayed recordings brought to light the huge numbers of illiterate producers working on the farm. Many Kiliflora workers – from all ages – lacked basic reading and writing skills, urging management to think of a permanent solution.
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  • THEATER

    With around one in ten of the population living with HIV/AIDS, Zimbabwe is experiencing one of the harshest AIDS epidemics in the world. Statistics from the local clinic show that 10% of workers at Sheena Flowers and Plants are HIV positive. To help control the disease, the farm has set up different projects to educate its workers and help the ones affected by AIDS.
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  • LIGHTING UP FARMERS’ HOUSES WITH SOLAR ENERGY

    To light up their houses after dark, workers at the Tambuzi flower farm relied on paraffin (or kerosene) as the main energy source. Unfortunately, paraffin has many disadvantages: it is not very effective, can cause health issues and is difficult to transport. But the biggest issue was the rising cost of the energy source. Over the past five years, the price has increased by 9% annually.
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