Ajiri Tea has a social mission to create employment for women in western Kenya, and to provide education for Kenyan orphans – all through the sale of tea.

In 2008, Kate Holby went to visit her sister, Sarah Holby, who had been volunteering in western Kenya distributing food and medicine to members of the community. After the NGO pulled donations and left many without aid, the Holby sisters set out to create a sustainable project that would put an end to the detrimental cycle of aid. The result: Ajiri Tea.

This week we talk with Kate, co-founder of Ajiri Tea and its related nonprofit organization, the Ajiri foundation. Ajiri partners with communities to provide employment opportunities for Kenyan women by supporting small-scale tea farms.