Country of Origin
South Africa (Producer: HEIVELD Cooperative Union (Fair Trade tea))
Suitable for vegetarians
About the producer
Heiveld Cooperative Union was set up in 2000, ten years after the end of apartheid. It is located in a barren region of South Africa, 400 kilometres to the north of Cape Town, where small group of rich white tea farmers controlled the entire economy, while a large group of coloured farmers had to work for starvation wages on the tea plantations in order to make ends meet.
It is the first coloured cooperative in the region, at the beginning, fourteen coloured farmers joined forces, where they have set up the cooperative, Heiveld. The cooperative was developed in a participatory way, with high levels of transparency at each stage. The constitution specifies that 30% of the co-op's profits will be used for the benefit of people who have been disadvantaged on account of their gender or race. The rest of the profits are divided amongst the members. Heiveld has developed trading relations with fair trade partners that are supportive of the co-op objective to achieve social justice. The fair trade approach promotes social justice by selling products at premium prices, practice non-discrimination, concern on disadvantaged groups and passing the benefit on to the producers.
1. Items sold are non-refundable.
2. The products are supplied by FAIR CIRCLE @ Hong Kong Fair Trade Power Limited
3. If in case of any dispute, FAIR CIRCLE @ Hong Kong Fair Trade Power Limited and ESD Services Ltd. reserve the right of final decision.