Off the back of widespread realisation we are drowning in single use plastic and microplastic particles are everywhere, tea lovers have been dismayed recently to discover that many traditional teabags contain small amounts of plastic, called polypropylene, often used in heat sealing methods in teabag production.
Social enterprise, NEMI Teas, is giving refugees the opportunity to focus on rebuilding their lives by creating employment through selling chai tea in London. The social purpose business aims to tackle the issue of unemployment for refugees by scaling their social enterprise into a franchise model of stalls run/owned by refugees across both London and Europe.
Stick the kettle on, have a brew, meet for a cuppa and a catch up: tea drinking is an important part of daily life. But while a cup of tea often symbolises a pause for reflection, how often do our musings turn to the tea itself? Questions to ask include: Is the tea fair-trade? Is the packaging plastic-free? Does the company have a strong commitment to sustainable and ethical practices?
Finding work as a migrant comes with huge challenges, even for the highly skilled – but there are entrepreneurs offering a lifeline.
Launched in 2016, Nemi is a social purpose business focused on rebuilding refugee lives by creating employment opportunities through selling Indian specialist tea across the UK and beyond.
A hula hoop workshop and an award-winning children’s book are among the firms that will be championed in the run-up to this year’s event.
A London-based tea business started by an Indian is helping refugees find jobs in the UK, with a little help from masala chai.
The bonding process that happens when drinking tea, be it with your friends or strangers, is where the idea behind Chaigaram was born.
By selling high-quality fair trade traditional Indian chai, the team behind this tea-impassioned business want to bring people together in the spirit of creating a borderless society.
There is a nostalgic feeling in the aromas of our homelands. Chaigaram, named for a Hindu phrase meaning, “hot tea,” is a fair-trade social purpose business based in the U.K. that is dedicated to providing both high-quality tea and gainful employment for refugees who have traveled far from home in search of safety.
Building a business around refugees seeking that first job
India-born founder’s tea venture gives migrants a leg up.
A chance conversation at a restaurant with a group of refugees in North London brought home to entrepreneur Pranav Chopra, how having one’s asylum claim accepted was far from the end of the difficult journey for many who had come to Britain seeking refuge.
The recent conflict in Syria, and across other countries in the world, has created an influx of refugees who are allocated new homes in the European Union and specifically in the United Kingdom. The increased numbers have challenged countries to provide sufficient support to help these refugees integrate and assimilate.
Is London doing what it can to empower refugees: East LDN meets NEMI to find out
One brand set to change the status quo is NEMI. By employing refugees and paying above the London Living Wage, they are providing financial empowerment. Anuj Dhanak, the Sales Director, explains his story and why he’s so passionate to help refugees.
Chaigaram, Indian specialist tea
London is undeniably beautiful in the springtime; the sun comes out to play, the flowers bloom and family, friends and colleagues gather frequently and there is no better backdrop against which to talk about Chaigaram. Chaigaram is a genuinely fantastic endeavour; a social purpose business focused on rebuilding refugees’ lives by creating employment opportunities selling Indian specialist teas across the UK.