I used to live a difficult life because salaries could not meet all my necessities. A friend encouraged me to apply for a small loan provided by Fair Trade here at Luponde. At first I was hesitant but eventually I decided to apply for the loan. I opened up a stationary shop and earned enough income to eventually purchase a photocopier machine. My life has changed. ”
Fresh Drinking Water for Workers
The Joint Body of Luponde Estates voted to construct fresh water wells for workers to access throughout the tea gardens. Using Fair Trade premium funding, boreholes were drilled to provide fresh drinking water for workers.
Classroom Construction and Scholarships
The construction of new classrooms at four schools and, offices and residences for teachers has been paid for by the Fair Trade premium. Premiums also fund scholarships for Luponde workers.
A microlending program for workers was initiated with Fair Trade premiums.