Investing in childrens' futures
The extra Premium funds that Fairtrade generates for farmers and workers can have lasting impacts.
The Sukambizi Association, a Fairtrade tea farmer group in Malawi, decided to invest some of its Fairtrade Premium in essential services for children – including 12 school blocks in different villages.
Before these schools were built, many parents were reluctant to send their youngest kids on long walks to distant schools, leading to high absenteeism.
'Without Fairtrade’s help, many children wouldn’t be motivated to attend school, something which would affect their future lives considerably,' says Eddie, headmaster at one of the new schools.
The Sukambizi Association also used Fairtrade Premium money to support the construction of a maternity wing (saving expectant mothers from a 40km journey), the purchase of an ambulance, and the extension of clean-water systems to over 4000 families.