Classified as ‘Lippia javanica’ (our green tea) and Fadogia ancylantha (our black tea) by the US National Institutes of Health and US National Library of Medicine, Zumbani and Marange have grown in the jungles and forests of Africa for thousands of years.
Different tribes and villages keep their exact harvesting areas unkown to each other. Traditionally only served as part of a steady diet to warriors before tribal battles, to African royalty for promoting longevity, and to ailing tribesmen for their rejuvenating properties, they are found nowhere else in the world. These herbal teas are incomparably abundant in anti-oxidants, essential oils and nutrients, with unique earthy and 'citrusy' notes.
Published laboratory research shows that they have properties which act against a host of ailments; from arthritis to diabetes, and many more. It has long been known that the forests and jungles of South America and Africa harbor an array of plants known to treat and prevent a wide range of ailments, a fact which drives more bio-prospecting. Many of these plants are currently used in producing modern medicines.
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OTHER NAMES FOR ZUMBANI (Lippia javanica)
Fevertea: Hundreds of early European settlers to southern Africa succumbed to various ailments until local villagers introduced them to Zumbani, which the settlers went on to name "fever tea".
Lemonbush: Stemming from its 'citrusy' notes and aromas.
I have three passions in life; travel, tennis and tea. I love to sample all the local fare wherever I am, and above all, the local teas. While on a heritage discovery trip in southern Africa many years ago, I visited a small village in the southern parts of Zambia. Although I had read about them before in research journals, it was there that I first encountered these super-teas. From the moment of that first sip, I knew that the villagers had to share these delicious and unexplored nutrient-dense beverages with a progressively health-conscious global population.
My family traces back to these small villages and I have distant relatives there still harvesting these wild teas, thus my passion for this project. So far, we have harvested the initial batch of tea slated for this campaign, provided some equipment and clothing to our harvesters, designed and created the packaging.
Until now, the villagers have been living on less than US$1/day per family; the success of this undertaking would vastly improve their standard of living. In a part of the world where so many people have very little and depend on foreign aid, they have embraced this as a win-win venture for their villages and for global consumers. Our financial goals are inextricably linked to our desire for promoting the well-being of the small village communities which play a major role in bringing the tea to market. They have organized themselves into local cooperatives; each responsible for a particular aspect of the harvesting, withering and logistics. For the last 2 years, we have been packaging these teas for small local African markets to hone our production and logistics processes. The communities are drawing fulfillment from providing unique plants to the world; plants which can change many people's lives and have a meaningful impact on the world!
The village communities have been harvesting tea for their own consumption over decades without any protective gear but to harvest larger quantities, they have to spend more time in the dense vegetation. They should have some bare necessities such as boots to navigate the forest floor and head gear to shade them from the unrelenting African sun. We also need funding for shipping our batch of tea from southern Africa to our co-packer, who will also require payment. At present, we are seeking funding for:
- Equipping our harvesters
- Shipping our harvested tea
- Paying the co-packer
- Import costs
- Paying a fair price for the tea
Risks and challenges
We've worked hard to ensure that all our tea is sustainably harvested and that we provide much needed resources to the villages and communities which harvest the tea. We have many years of experience in international business including production, import and export. The tea we are reserving for this campaign has already been picked and is waiting to be shipped to our co-packer so we do not foresee any problems in that area of reward fulfillment.
However, as with all projects involving international logistical operations, there can be shipping delays due to weather, carrier issues and customs clearances. We will provide full transparency and keep all our backers informed every step of the way. We are going to work tirelessly to make sure that you get your Jungle Tea and rewards as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting this project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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