About this project
Nepal Tea brings the finest, organic and high mountain teas from the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha, the third highest mountain in the world. We take responsibility for the entire supply chain – from production to packaging and distribution – and eliminate the middlemen who provide sub-par values to poor farmers in Nepal while increasing costs for the consumers. Not only do we empower our farmers economically by providing them better revenues, but also uplift them socially by providing free housing, free education to their children and distributing cows for additional income.
A) Expand our social model:
We will provide educational scholarship to 50 additional children, so they can go to school for free and distribute cows to more than 10 families in the Panchthar region of Nepal, so they invest in their children's future and earn extra income. You can help our social cause by supporting this Kickstarter campaign.
In addition, we will expand our network and provide fair prices to more farmers. This will ensure economic empowerment of more farmers who have been exploited by middlemen till now.
B) Establish a physical location in the US
You will be helping us create an identity for the teas from Nepal. For decades, Nepali teas have been sold as Darjeeling teas, and Nepali tea did not have any recognition around the world. We aim to change that. You will also enable us to have an organic certified warehouse in the US. Through our physical establishment, we will be able to share the tea drinking culture and history of Nepal. Most importantly, people will be able to come in and taste the unique teas from Nepal. The current plan is to lease a space in Downtown Jersey City, NJ (10 mins from Manhattan).
Organic Tea From Nepal
Teas from our garden
You get some exclusive rewards only offered through this Kickstarter campaign – 12 month subscription, naming rights in our tea farm, and opportunity to leave a legacy.
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Nepal Tea was conceived in May 2016, when Nishchal came back to the US from his trip to his homeland, Nepal. He stayed on the tea farm, which his father started in 1984. After seeing the impact tea-farming had on the community – he wanted to expand on the idea and start a social venture that not only promotes organic teas from Nepal, but also enriches the lives of farmers and creates sustainable communities.
We are Nishchal Banskota and Sashreek Shrestha, two college graduates and are interested in social development. We are both Nepalese and see the opportunity to improve the lives of people in our homeland and put Nepal's tea on the world map.
We believe that better farming practices lead to higher quality teas that are both healthy for the consumer and provide great value. In addition, it can bring real changes – improve the economic conditions of people and create sustainable communities. With this vision, Nepal Tea is initiating and expanding its social projects.
First Certified Organic Tea Garden
The tea farm (Kanchanjangha Tea Estate) was established by in 1984 by Nishchal's father, and is Nepal’s 1st certified organic tea garden. All our teas are 100% organic.
Our tea estate has already provided free education to more than 2,300 children and 96 are currently in this year’s program. We have distributed 176 cows to the local farmers.
This is a result of allocating our sales to create such social and sustainable initiatives. Still, there is a long way to go, and we believe that tea has the potential to empower thousands of people in Nepal.
Currently in Nepal,
With an investment of $32,000 (our Kickstarter goal), we can build sustainable communities that are more capable of educating their children and improving their lifestyle.
Tea Necromancer (Amanda Freeman):
Risks and challenges
The tea needs to be transported from Nepal, and there might be transportation bottlenecks that might delay the delivery date.
As we are operating several social projects, we need constant source of revenue to sustain them.
An unsuccessful campaign would prevent us from fulfilling our promises to expand our social initiative. We will still be bringing teas from our garden and sustain our current model.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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