• Overview

    Vision / description

    RefuTea is an online tea shop with a unique humanitarian purpose. We hand-package loose leaf teas to support refugee efforts and needs. Our goal is to open a sustainable greenhouse tea café where refugees can grow, blend, and hand-package the best tasting teas! This reduces a refugee’s need to be on government assistance programs by providing them an opportunity to integrate into the US workforce. While the greenhouse allows refugees to use their agricultural skills, the tea café provides refugees with an opportunity to enhance their English proficiency.

    Project objectives

    Employ refugees and help them integrate into the US culture and workforce.


    Refugees, Women, Men, Children.

    Current progress

    Sales are generated through the online store and by selling the teas in local businesses and by holding events, like tea parties. Each quarter ten percent of sales is donated toward refugee resettlement agencies or refugee families directly. 2016 goals include selling in more stores in order to give larger donations.
    Capital earned through business competitions has allowed for the launching of the online tea shop, and provided resources to support refugee needs.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: United States

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Human Rights; Peace; Poverty; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9

    Business sectors

    Food & Beverage; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other


    Stakeholders consulted

    Community leaders; Minority groups; Other; Women

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Company; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; Social Enterprise; UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Funding; Innovation partner; Marketing/Communications; Other; Project implementation; Project management; Seed funding

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.