The Tea Gardens in Nepal
As the most of the asian countries, even nepalis are used to have tea, everyday.
At the extreme east, at the border with the more famous Darjeeling, there is a district called Ilam, where a lot of tea gardens have an high standard quality.
In this district, precisely in a village called Sunderpani, is based a bio-organic factory called Gorkha Tea Estate which produce a big amount of tea, mainly exported in european countries as France, Germany and Austria.
Mr. Udaya Chapagain, the tea factory owner, decide to start an organic tea production in order to produce an high quality tea.
Respectful of the nature, he decided to not force the growing of the bushes with chemicals and pestycides and also to not modify the structure of the land, very important for this specific tea quality.
Besides, this factory is unusual in Nepal for several reason.
The high respect for human being have brought this factory to a development of 4 cooperatives where more than 300 poor farmers are gathered.
The formation of these cooperatives improves the condition of the farmers.
For example the buying price for the tea leaves is higher than before, which is means that the salary of the farmers are also higher, they give technical support for free, healt care and a school programs for the children of the farmers.
In addition, Gorkha Tea Estate is one of the few factory which believes in woman equality, this it means that the most of the employees are woman, not so common in Nepal.
Moreover, years ago begun a project of Home Stay connected to the farmers in order to improve their life condition.
The factory take up about the reconstruction of the houses of several farmers for free, and creates some home stay in order to give the opportunity to the tourist who wants to visit the tea gardens to lodge in the same houses of the farmers for a true experience.
Thanks to this project the life condition of the farmers are better than before because they have the opportunity to earn directly the money from the tourist.