A few years back, Big Heart Tea Co. scored a wonderful new direct trade partner from the Shire Highlands of Malawi: Satemwa Tea Estate.
Supporting this farm (and offering a WAY better price for their tea) not only means supporting a Fair Trade, community-centric farm — it also disrupts Malawi's prevailing (and horrible) tobacco industry.
Photos by Satemwa
In a country where agriculture employs about 80% of the population, Satemwa stands out as an estate that's always kept ethics at the forefront. Family-owned for three generations, they're a real kind of leader. Like, the big-hearted kind.
This tea is grown in the Shire Highlands Thyolo District, a unique territory that produces the best tasting tea. The farm is currently run by Alexander Kay, whose wife Anette takes stunning photos of the area.
Photos by Anette Kay
The Satemwa Clinic offers healthcare for farmers and their families. Kids can go to school right there on the estate while parents work. There's a community policing program and competitive soccer team.
And on top of those amazing social services, Satemwa's got Mama Earth in mind. They use zero pesticides, only select herbicides, and they have efficient, "rocket stove"-style processes for drying tea (those conserve wood, big time).
Photo by Satemwa
It doesn't get any better than this, folks.