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.Beneficiaries
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.
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 institutionsRegions / countries / territories
Americas: United StatesIssue areas
Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Human Rights; Peace; Poverty; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9Business sectors
Food & Beverage; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other