In 1998 against all odds, Wupperthal Original Rooibos Cooperative was established. Wupperthal is a democratically organized group of small-scale farmers who have grown Rooibos in South Africa for generations.
Equal Exchange has worked with Tea Promoters of India (TPI) since 1998. TPI has been a pioneer in bringing environmental and social reform to the tea industry. TPI is a Darjeeling-based family operation that manages six organic, Fair Trade tea gardens. In addition, TPI is supporting small tea farmers by helping them gain access to international market and a fair price for their tea. They consistently think out of the box in an effort to create non-plantation alternatives for tea. Equal Exchange tea has decided to work with and buy from three of TPI’s small farmer projects: Mineral Springs, Potong Tea Garden, The Small Farmer Tea project