Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates Pvt. - Revamping abandoned tea estates

Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates Pvt.

Revamping abandoned tea estates

India

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Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates (DOTEPL) produces high-quality organic tea. The "Darjeeling" label means their tea is produced in the designated region in the northern mountains of West Bengal.

Many tea plantations in the region are in disrepair. The estates are a legacy of the British period and urgently need to be re-developed.

Oikocredit chose to work with DOTEPL because of the great potential for redevelopment of the estates, their enthusiasm for organic and bio-dynamic practices, and the close ties with local producers.

DOTEPL not only provides decent wages and benefits to its employees, it also provides fully paid homes, schooling facilities and medical attention. With their high environmental standards, DOTEPL provides the opportunity for local employees to improve their personal circumstances and their living conditions.

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