Ahinsa Estate - Our Partner

Ahinsa is located in the bio-diverse region of Sri Lanka, bordering the Dellawa State Forest, in close proximity to the small town of Morowaka. The Estate is managed by Professor Piya Abeywaganda, a visionary man whose work since the commencement of the Ahinsa / Chamellia partnership has lead to 100 green tea producers converting to organic farming practices. We discovered the plantation - despite producing pristine growing conditions for the prosperity of tea bushes - was not financially viable. Piya was having to use his own money from consulting and lecturing just to keep the plantation afloat. Both the condition of the factory and the quality of tea production needed significant improvement. Piya also needed support in the marketing and sale of his tea to customers that would appreciate it.
 
Education Support
Raw Goods is committed to making a better world through the ethical trade of sustainable, best-in-class products. We recognise the critical importance of education in raising the well-being and standard of living for tea estate workers and their children. As a result, Raw Goods provides financial contributions for the purchase of schooling materials, Internet access and scholarships for tuition. Ahinsa has also established a school that provides education for the children of tea factory workers, giving them the opportunity to learn english and pursue tertiary education. 
 
Medical support

Raw Goods believes good health is the right of all people. We recognise the critical importance of having access to expert medical advice and assistance. To facilitate the health and well-being of Ahinsa tea estate workers, Raw Goods subsidises access to medical practitioners and medical supplies. In addition to these measures, Ahinsa provides suitable housing, clean water and food grown on the estate.

 

Grower Support

Raw Goods makes financial contributions to tea growers in the form of premiums for high leaf quality. Through this approach, farmers supplying fresh green leaf are directly rewarded for their efforts, and Raw Goods can ensure the continued commercial viability of Ahinsa by increasing trade and fetching higher sale prices at market. Raw Goods also created a green leaf tea quality competition, offering monetary prizes to growers who produce the highest quality leaf.