There are over 100 permanent employees that grow, cut, and package Fair Trade flowers for export. The farm prices itself on low turnover. Since becoming Fair Trade Certified™, workers at Finlays Flowers have established the Finmax Joint Body, a committee of workers that meets periodically to plan and manage community projects funded with Fair Trade premiums. The Finmax Joint Body strives to promote the social and economic well-being of workers. Through Fair Trade sales and community development premiums, Finmax has been able to invest in a variety of local initiatives that benefit not only the workers, but the greater communities of Kericho and Bureti.
I started driving early last month in the Automobile Association (AA) driving school and Fair Trade has really helped me a lot. I have been longing for the course, but due to a shortage of money I had to delay learning how to drive. But now, Fair Trade pays 90% of my school fees. I am indeed happy and God is great and I hope I continue to receive help. ”
Francis Kipkemoi, Finlays Flowers Employee
Health Clinic for Mothers
Fair Trade premiums financed the construction of a maternity ward within the existing Chepchabas Dispensary, or clinic. Fair Trade workers used community development funds to provide all of the equipment and supplies for the ward, in addition to the building materials and construction costs. At the Samutet Clinic, workers also voted to use funds to build new bathrooms and purchase new supplies for the dispensary.
High School and University Scholarships
The Joint Body allocated Fair Trade premiums towards secondary school fees and university scholarships. Since the programs inception, the first Fair Trade-funded graduates have already taken their final exams.
Employees at Finlays Flowers received microloans at minimal interest rates as part of a revolving loan program funded by Fair Trade premiums. Since 2008, over 1,500 emloyees have received funding.