Income-generating projects

How have you invested your premium in an income generating project? Do you now have a more stable income?



    Less than 5% of Iriaini Tea Factory’s sales are under Fairtrade terms. On average its small-scale farmers, who are co-owners of the factory, own 0.5 acres of land and earn 150 KS (less than 2USD) per day.
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    Due to unpredictable climatic conditions and ongoing fluctuations of market prices, tea farmers at the Rukuriri Tea Factory became aware of the risks associated with over-dependence on their tea harvest. Management encouraged farmers to expand their revenue base by engaging in other income-generating projects.
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    As a tea factory, Iriaini has been heavily dependent on wood as a fuel source. The factory needs 20,000 to 25,000 trees or 20 to 25 acres on a yearly basis. As it takes eight to ten years for newly planted trees to be ready for fuel production, the situation was becoming unsustainable and Iriaini decided to look for an alternative.
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    Although less affected than countries in Southern Africa, an estimated 2.3 million people (6.6% of the total population) live with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Unlike in most other countries, the Ugandan government has played an active role and effective public campaigns have contributed to a decline of the HIV pandemic over the past years.
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  • Blogging

    How do you communicate to consumers, buyers and other partners what impact Fairtrade is having on farmers when you live in a remote area in Southern Africa? Satemwa Tea Estates struggled with this question when they first saw the impact Fairtrade can have on the livelihoods of African farmers. What is the best tool to use to reach stakeholders who are mostly based in the north?
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  • The newsletter

    With 15,000 members spread over 118 villages it is hard to stay in touch with each individual of RSTGA. Some farmers can be reached via text messages by mobile phone, but this is not always the case.
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  • Local market proves to be more lucrative to a Fairtrade Farm

    On the slopes of the picturesque Mt. Kenya, lies Iriaini tea factory. A tea factory that has been Fairtrade certified since 2006. Its current annual production stands at 15,000,000 kilogrammes. On average its small-scale farmers, who are co-owners of the factory, own 0.5 acres of land and earn 150 KS (less than 2USD) per day. […]
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  • #Yourcupmydignity

    “My name is Charles Mugwe. I am a tea farmer in Othaya, which is in Nyeri county of Kenya. Othaya is famous for producing high quality tea that is exported to the UK and other parts of the world. Gitugi Primary School is one of the primary schools in this area. It was established in […]
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  • Fairtrade Premium enables access to water

    “My name is Samuel Karanja Mugake. I am a tea farmer in Gacharage Tea Factory with two acres of tea. Gacharage is located on the slopes of Mt Kenya in a town known as Murang’a. I am also the Chairman of a water project in our catchment area known as Muthiria water project. Muthiria water […]
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