Last autumn I had the pleasure of connecting with Neeraj Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of Tea People, a tea company and social enterprise based in Reading, UK. What makes Tea People particularly unique is that the company dedicates 50% of their profits to educational projects in the Darjeeling region of India. Neeraj and the other co-founder of Tea People, Vishaka, believe education is the best way to alleviate poverty in the region.
To expand on their social commitment to Darjeeling, Vishaka is currently producing a film highlighting the stories of tea workers and their children. This film could not be better timed, as much has recently been made of the lives and plight of tea pickers in India by reports in The Guardian and Oxfam.
In order to fund this worthy film project, Tea People are hosting a crowd funding campaign. The campaign seeks to raise £6,000 in order to pay for things such as flights, food and accommodation, local travel, venue hiring, etc. It is possible to contribute any amount you wish to the project, but contributions greater than £10 come with perks, which include everything from thank you cards and tea taster packs to a free download of the film and an invitation to the premiere of the film in London or Dundee. See the perks page for full details. The crowd funding campaign will end on 17 April 2014. Tea People will receive all funds even if the full £6,000 is not raised.