Producer Profiles

Makaibari Tea Estates - T'Classic (Darjeeling) PVT. LTD

The Makaibari tea garden lies in the Darjeeling hills of Northeastern India. In continuous operation since 1859, Makaibari is one of the oldest of all Indian tea gardens. The garden is home to 610 tea workers and their families.

The Makaibari tea garden is a pioneer in innovative management. As early as 1971, garden manager Rajah Banerjee made the decision to switch production to a 'permaculture' based system, and since 1991 production has been 100 percent organic and biodynamic. Mr. Banerjee lives on the garden and takes great pride in the high quality of Makaibari teas, which have consistently been ranked among the best of all Darjeeling teas.


I've received training to manage 20 people at work. As the first lady supervisor, I've raised the self esteem of all the ladies in the Makaibari community. Now more and more ladies will come forward and raise the quality of Makaibari's teas to even greater heights.  

Maya Devi, First Lady Supervisor


Microfinance Programs

Makaibari members have access to credit for the purchase of livestock used for home consumption or an alternate source of additional income.

Health Training

Health training is available for all Makaibari villagers. They can learn about health and hygeine practices and receive pre and post natal care.

Stipends for children attending University

Children who attend a University receive a stipend to offset a portion of school fees and cost of supplies.

Education investments

The Makaibari Joint Body invested Fair Trade premium funds in the construction of a new community library with computers. The local creche was also upgraded,