Fair Trade Certified
Numi is a leading importer of Fair Trade Certified teas, with more than half of our blends (and 80% of the raw ingredients we purchase) bearing the Fair Trade Certified label. Fair Trade guarantees farm workers are paid a minimum fair wage for their labour and empowers them to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities. At these gardens, the worker community votes democratically on how Fair Trade premiums are used to invest in education, health, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Some programs include: new roads, cooking stoves, mosquito nets, new schools, college scholarships, enhanced maternity benefits, onsite medical staff and life insurance.
Fair Trade Certified Tea Gardens
This was China's first fair trade project, and with more than 4,000 members, remains China's largest Fair Trade tea cooperative. Fair Trade funds have supported children's enrolment in high school and university, a school dormitory, library and computer classroom, technical assistance and organic agriculture training programs.
This Egyptian farming cooperative has been producing herbs for more than 40 years, has 80 members and is also certified organic. Recently earning Fair Trade Certification in 2009, the cooperative intends to use its Fair Trade funds to invest in schools, sanitation and a bus to transport workers.
The Tuija people who live on the land surrounding Enshi in Western China have earned 40% higher wages through Fair Trade Certification since 2006. Fair Trade funds have helped to build new roads, improving access to medical care; and with increased product demand, the cooperative is enlarging their factory.
Sewpur Tea Estate
A cooperative consisting of more than 330 workers in Assam, India, Sewpur has been working with Numi for two years. Fair Trade funds have been used to build a new school and provide scholarships; distribute fuel-efficient cooking stoves (chullas) and mosquito nets; build new roads; and develop women's empowerment programs.
Chamong Tea Estate
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, Northern India, Chamong employs more than 500 workers. Through Fair Trade, Chamong has helped raise the overall income and standard of living for the local population. Fair Trade funds have provided cows as an additional source of food and income; training and tools for income generation projects; and improved maternity benefits.
Teas that are purchased from this garden are: Breakfast Blend
Located in the mountainous, remote, Northern tip of Jalpaiguri, India, Putharjhora employs 1055 workers. These workers have elected to use Fair Trade funds to build elementary and middle schools, provide college scholarships, hire an onsite medical officer and build a healthcare facility.
Teas that are purchased from this garden are: Decaf Ginger Lemon
Surrounded by the tropical, evergreen mountain forests of Kalakkad and Mundanthuri tiger reserves, in the Nilgiris district of Southern India, this Fair Trade Certified tea estate employs 1623 workers. Fair Trade funds have funded school scholarships, health programs, life insurance, and funeral services.