Organic Garden – Fair Trade Benefits
In many tea plantations, the workers who make a great contribution to the country’s economy, still live under poor conditions and put in long hard hours of labour for very low wages.
The implementation of Fair Trade Certified standards is gradually changing and better living and working conditions. Additional funds through Fair Trade premium paid by registered importers like Ceylon Organics Limited help workers to improve their living standards. These funds reach the workers directly and managed by the workers themselves.
Here are few examples how the Fair Trade funds are used on our plantation:
Education: Assist the children of the plantation workers to receive higher education. It would be the cornerstone in uplifting the living standards of the plantation community in particular and contributing to the country’s development process in general.
Keeping this in mind on we provide soft loans to the workers to send their children to city schools to receive higher education. This is done using Fair Trade ¬-contributions.
Community development: Workers of Greenfield Estate did not have place to conduct their cultural religious and private functions for a long time. This caused them tremendous inconvenience and unnecessary expenses whenever they wanted to have even a wedding. Thanks to Fair Trade now they have their own community hall.
Better living conditions: Fair Trade contributions provided the opportunity for the workers to receive soft loans to make the important upgrades in their living quarters.
Future Plans: include providing life insurance coverage to the workers and create a pension plan.