Producer Profiles

Oserian Development Company

Founded in 1969, the Oserian Development Company LTD is located in the Rift Valley province, northwest of Nairobi. The climate is hot and dry with an unpredictable rainy season spanning from May to October. The area experiences ample sunshine, creating an ideal climate for growing flowers. Thus, 70 percent of Kenya’s exporting flower farms are located in area.

Kenyans in the Rift Valley region often do not have access to clean drinking water and poverty is rampant. Already high food prices continue to increase, making it difficult for Kenyans to provide for their families. Additionally, the lack of good infrastructure makes it difficult to access distant markets or jobs. Oserian became Fair Trade Certified™ to improve farmer livelihoods and showcase its commitment to positive farming practices.
 

Quotable

My primary goal is to see all my children achieve university education, and I need all the help I can get. I am grateful for the support that I have received through Fair Trade. I urge the consumers of our flowers to continue buying more Fair Trade flowers so that we may continue improving our lives and communities.  

Hellen Anyango Osiago

Programs

Health center investment paid for by Fair Trade premiums

The Joint Body of Oserian donated a lump sum of the earned Fair Trade premium toward paying off the general operating costs of a health center. Not just the workers, but everyone in the community benefits from this health center which is funded in part by Fair Trade community development funds.

Land purchase by Joint Body

Oserian's workers collectively decided to purchase land upon which to build a community facility. The purchase was funded entirely using the Fair Trade premium.

Joint Body donates Fair Trade premiums towards women's hospital construction

The Joint Body donated Fair Trade premiums toward the construction of the Naivasha Women’s Hospital.