Over and above the Fairtrade price, the Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.
Producers determine what is most important to them; whether this is education or healthcare for their children, improving their business or building vital infrastructure such as roads and bridges for their community.
Rahel, a worker on Kibena Tea Estate in Tanzania, explains how the Premium has helped.
‘Through Fairtrade Premium my kids are going to school… money from Premium were spent on the construction of Lihogosa Primary School, which most of the workers, they love that school very much. The school has around 170 pupils. Before the school was built, some of them had to walk 10 kilometres to another school.’
The film also shows other ways Rahel’s community and other tea producers have decided to use their Fairtrade Premium.