TEA TOPICS: Tea People – The Film

Tea People: Film Facebook page, company website, Facebook and Twitter
Tea People – The Film: Crowd funding campaign

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.


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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