We employ more than 1000 people in peak production season. The jobs we provide significantly impact socio-economic welfare in the District. The tea plantations are a foundation for developing other support services.
Previously, qualified local tea management staff were hard to find. Now, our core management team, hired from the finest tea regions around the world, are transfering knowledge, skills, and career growth opportunities.
We endeavour to increase employment of women, as traditionally women are not encouraged to work outside of their homes and kitchen gardens after marriage. This empowers women and allows them to increase their family income.
Basic supplies cost more here due to expensive transportation from the nearest town. Most people have to walk long distances to buy necessities. After hearing about these problems, we now operate a small provisions store on-site where we sell goods below retail price and provide credit to our colleagues.
Introduce Farming Technology
In 2016 we are introducing software systems in the field and will be training our staff to correctly utilise and benefit from them. This will be the first time any such system has been introduced into the area, increasing the skill-set and improving the agriculture practices in the are.
SDZ regularly renovates and upgrades the infrastructure of the government run School on the property. We have also built some free basic housing for seasonal workers on the property, with the intent of upgrading and increase these facilities.