We Trade Fair
Our partner farmers are smallholders, family farmers and cooperatives who believe in transparency and who share our vision and values about changing the way that tea is marketed, produced and consumed. We have carefully selected our partner farmers according to a number of criteria. Our partner farmers are located in Nepal, Malawi, Kenya, Taiwan, Indonesia and Japan (and counting). The livelihoods of farmers, workers and cooperatives are a core concern of Tea Rebellion. Each of our farms has a unique story to tell. We hope you will enjoy browsing their profiles and maybe even connecting with them on your future travels around the world. Click the pins on the map to see farm names and GPS locations.
Satemwa, a nearly 100-year-old family-owned tea farm, is set at 1000 m altitude in the Shire Highlands of Southern Malawi. The farm was founded in 1923 by a Scotsman named Maclean Kay. The garden is now run by his grandson, Alexander Kay. Satemwa is one of the last family-owned tea farms in the region, as most have been purchased by large companies producing commodity tea.
Satemwa reintroduced orthodox production in 2006, experimented with local cultivars, traditional and new processing, which gained Satemwa local and global recognition for its specialty tea. Satemwa believes in direct trade and traceability and active partnering in its community. As the only orthodox tea producer in Malawi, Satemwa is Fair Trade, UTZ+ and Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Satemwa employs around 2,500 people in the high season, providing clinics and primary services for workers and their families. It was the first tea farm to employ women and has a progressive gender-equitypolicy that has allowed some woman to take on managerial positions. Satemwa works with smallholders from the Msuwadzi Small Holder Association of tea growers around Satemwa to improve their practices and certify their teas. Yamba (“Start”) is a local smallholder brand that was launched by Satemwa and the association to increase the smallholder returns from teas and avoid the commodity trap.