SAFAROMA is the only Social Enterprise that partners with saffron co-ops and farms managed and run entirely by women. It is our way of ensuring that we have helped to empower them in their quest for financial freedom.
Our Goal: To create and sell organic and fairtrade saffron teas and pure saffron that directly support our female farmers in third world countries.
How we help: A portion of every sale we make will go directly to our female farmer partners as well as go towards seeds, training and machinery to help grow their businesses and communities.
How you can help us: By supporting this Kickstarter you will help us start production of our teas that directly creates business for our female farmers.
SAFAROMA was created to answer a desperate need for a channel for thousands of Afghan female farmers to sell their products at fair market prices, thereby doing away with unscrupulous middlemen and dominant distribution corporations. In 2016, we began work with the Ghoryan Saffron Farmers' Union and expanded as a trusted partner for other women's co-ops as well as individual farmers.
Our Fair Trade Initiatives
We embrace a conscious commitment to supporting farming communities and the surrounding villages that rely on them, as well as the sensitive and critical eco-systems throughout Afghanistan.
As a result of SAFAROMA's inherent understanding of their needs and challenges, their unions and co-operatives run totally by Afghan women to help and support other Afghan women in their quest for sustainable livelihoods. Over the last 20 years, we have learned that relying on NGOs who pull out after a few years was not the way to help raise the struggling farmers out of the abject poverty that had become the norm.
Our fair trade initiatives are designed to help Afghan female farmers and villagers reclaim their lives, farms and country. With our help and yours, we will provide them with the income they need to support their families and allow their children to go to school. These children are the future of Afghanistan and their literacy and education are a vital part of that future.
Our Saffron and Teas
We import, blend and distribute saffron and teas from Third World Countries to developed countries. Our products are natural, 100% organic, healthy and superior-tasting. Our teas and spices are either grown wild, within protected forests or by using sustainable farming and fair trade methods. We are bringing our customers the highest quality teas they know and love and blending them with our best quality saffron from Afghanistan.
We believe that everything we do should benefit the health and lives of our customers. We do this by carefully selecting the finest teas and spices grown in the most optimal conditions from growers who provide sustainable wages for their workers.
We are committed to being good environmental stewards that will allow the planet to flourish for generations to come.
Selling tea may not be the world's oldest profession, but it's up there! The tea business spans every continent, ocean and time zone and is layered with nuances, regional customs and trade complications. At SAFAROMA we believe educating our customers in the various products and services we offer while understanding their needs is paramount.
By listening to our customers requests and opinion we can more effectively offer solutions and blends that better meet their needs. We trust this simple approach will help us build strong relationships with our satisfied customers from all around the world.
You can use our Pure Saffron in various Dishes, Teas, Drinks and Smoothies
How Saffron will help our female farmers
Saffron is known to be produced all around the world, however by teaming up with our female farmers in Afghanistan we are not only creating a sustainable source for great tasting tea, but saffron farming becomes a positive alternative source of business and income that will help thousands of female farmers and consequently help their communities and the country in general.
Saffron Farming in the news:
"Afghanistan's saffron industry is providing opportunities for the country's struggling economy, including employment prospects for women."Read the full article on MSN.com
BBC correspondents: "Farmers are still willing to farm saffron and saying they do not want to go back to poppy cultivation as long as the government provides them with financial help, correspondents say."
Read the Full article on BBC
CNN Reporter: "What is happening in Herat is a good argument for a spice revolution; Government official says, replacing poppy crop which is main source of funding for Taliban with the world most expensive spice. Herat province has been cleaned of 99% from its poppy cultivation, the 1% is in places with security problems. Parigul Danishyar says, I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for saffron, working with poppies are forbidden in her household."
Read the full article on CNN
Cultivation and production of saffron creates numerous job opportunities, especially for women who perform 80 percent of the activities including harvesting, refining, and packaging. Read the full article on the World Bank
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Risks and challenges
Safaroma has already developed 4 tea blends as well as a relationship with an Afghan women's collective to provide pure saffron. Production scheduling is dependent on demand generated through this campaign. We have officially partnered with a tea supplier and co-packer that supplies teas for well-known brands such as David's Tea and have began a pipeline. Packaging and merchandise formats may be different from how they appear in pictures and/or videos.
Despite sufficient packaging, sometimes shipments can be damaged in transit. We will replace an order or issue a refund if this happens to a delivery.
Our timeline is our best estimate, but if it changes due to any circumstance beyond our control, we will update our supporters in a timely manner.
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