Since 2005 we have worked closely with the international Fairtrade organisation on the Fairhills project. It is the largest of its kind undertaken by this UK-based organisation in the world.
The project improves workers’ and their respective families on members’ farms quality-of-life and services. The project derives funding from various sources, most importantly its 25% ownership of the Fairhills brand. The income is managed by a committee on which worker representatives predominate.
Funds are used to finance a range of projects, such as crèches for pre-school children, school buses, multimedia tools, bursaries for tertiary education and adult literacy programs. The project also supports government in operating the local primary school, has sponsored a computer centre and community library. High standards of staff housing, workplace safety, on-the-job health standards and labour management are part of the project. A craft cooperative for making candles, soaps and beaded articles also provides training, while a community centre serves as the focal point for social activities and educational programmes.