Ben's Story

Ben Moffat, a Fairtrade tea farmer from Malawi, finds it hard to make ends meet. He wants to sell more of his crop on Fairtrade terms to give his family a better life.

Farmers like Ben want their families to be healthy and have enough food, and their children to have the chance of an education. But many don’t earn enough for what they grow, just one of the problems standing in their way.

Ben’s daughter is 24 and still at school, studying in a class for 16-year-olds. Ben has struggled to cover the cost. ‘It is the lack of funds that has delayed her education,’ he says. ‘I hope that my daughter has a bright future after she has completed school.’

Ben wants to increase his crop, but he needs to buy food, and so there isn’t enough to pay for the new tea seedlings.

‘IF I COULD ACCESS NEW TREE PLANTS MY LIFE CAN BE BETTER.’

No one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day’s work. Paying farmers unfairly while we benefit is exploitative. When we reach for our everyday food, we may be unconsciously feeding exploitation.

‘I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRINK MORE TEA FROM MALAWI: FROM SMALLHOLDERS AND ON FAIRTRADE TERMS, FOR THE BETTERMENT OF US FARMERS.’

Fairtrade is making a difference for Ben and his fellow farmers. They spent some of the money they earn from Fairtrade on an ambulance for the community, school buildings and bridges. Ben has also been able to access fertiliser, helping him to grow a bigger crop of tea. But it isn’t enough.

Farmers get a better deal when they sell their crops on Fairtrade terms, leading to a better and more stable income.

Help farmers like Ben. Choose Fairtrade.

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