CAPTION: Victor with his tea plants in Kenya

Tea growers visit Devon in Fairtrade Fortnight

Posted: 8th March, 2018

7.30-9pm Thu 8 March Come and taste the difference Fairtrade makes…

Join us for this new opportunity this week in St Jude’s Church Hall, Beaumont Road PL4 9BJ, postponed from last week due to extreme weather conditions.

Come and meet Victor Biwot, Operations Manager of Sireet OEP (Sireet Outgrowers Empowerment Producers Cooperative), Nandi Hills, Western Kenya, thanks to Fairtrade Devon. There will be a Fairtrade Stall including products from Traidcraft and Fairtrade refreshments and prizes from the Co-op Store and Traidcraft.

Fairtrade tea growers Victor Biwot and Esther Chepkwony are visiting ten towns across Devon during Fairtrade Fortnight (26 Feb – 11 March). The couple have a busy schedule of visits to schools and community events.

Victor will tell people how working for a Fairtrade Tea Co-op has enabled his community to provide for themselves eight dispensaries, two maternity wards, five laboratories for secondary schools and clean water supplies for 6,600 people (plus their cows, goats and hens) in Nandi Hills, Western Kenya. Fairtrade has also helped Victor and fellow farmers adapt to climate change while continuing to improve the quality of tea produced.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight there is a special Fairtrade Tea Exhibition in St Petrock’s Peace and Justice Chapel, in High Street, Exeter, (near to Café Nero) open every day, 10am – 4pm for 2 weeks. There are more than 150 Fairtrade Churches in Devon.

For more details go to the Fairtrade Devon Facebook page.

And for a list of events see here.