Through this partnership we will establish 45 Solidarity groups across three of our supplier communities. These Solidarity groups will be made up of smallholder farmers and workers and through them we’ll be able to train 1,350 Rights Champions, 80% of whom will be women. These Rights Champions will help improve the lives of 22,000 farmers and workers and their families.
Through our partnership we will:
Enable access to better working conditions and pay:
- Work to put better policies in place across the tea sector to ensure fair pay and conditions for farmers and workers
- Establish a platform for dialogue with key industry and government stakeholders so that farmers and workers can raise issues and concerns and plan together to make improvements.
- Support Groups with training and skills so that they can hold local governments accountable for their commitments to provide essential public services including water, healthcare and education.
Amplify women’s voices within the industry and tackle the causes of violence towards women:
- Challenge gender-based violence and support survivors of violence to access essential services and legal aid.
- Establish a platform for dialogue with local government to advance women’s land rights, which are essential for raising women’s status.
- Train tea industry management to improve working practices and tackle gender-based violence.
Support smallholder farmers and informal workers to diversify their incomes through access to entrepreneurship training and finance.
Together, we will also bring about structural change within the Kenyan tea sector by influencing policy changes that will have a positive impact on approximately 600,000 small-scale farmers and 300,000 informal tea workers in Kenya.