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Project Challenges
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The CBO had faced several challenges during the time it had been in existence namely:-

- Structure Set up. This has been the greatest challenge as several structures had to be set for a smooth running. The Premium Committee had to be set up to oversee the overall running of the projects. However, after several consultations with all stakeholders, we were able to come up with a Premium Committee of 13 people comprising of 6 growers’ representatives to represent the growers interests, 3 Board of directors, 2 workers representatives and 2 members of management. All projects are under Coordinator and project committees who are mandated with the implementation and running of the programmes. However, through proper regulations and monitoring procedures these challenges have now been overcome and fair trade projects are now being run quite smoothly.

- Over expectation from stakeholders:- Project proposed by stakeholders are overwhelming. Different interested people have presented many proposals which surpasses the available resources. However, through barazas held within the catchment area, stakeholders have prioritized their proposals and through democracy they have agreed to fund those selected ones.

- Dwindling Premiums:- Currently, the premium being received have declined from 0.5Euros to US Dollars 0.5. This has led to decrease in funds available.
- Lack of Buyers:- To get willing buyers is another big challenge as they are not many in the market. Only about 10% of our production is sold through the fair-trade market.
- Maintenance of the set standards:- All through, the required set standards in the organization have to be maintained and improve them continually. Failure to maintain them, may lead to disqualification which is very expensive to comprehend. Therefore, all through, the standards have been maintained which are costly to factory. But the overall benefits derived from the premium surpasses the incurred costs. Its important to note that small scale factories are public companies run under the Kenyan laws cap 486 of the companies act. The small scale holders are the shareholders of the company. Therefore the way these companies are run is different from the way other co-operative societies are run. This is a point which FLO-cert has not so far understood leading to non-compliances being registered against us during inspections.

- However, all in all, we have been able to utilize the available funds to the advantage of the community who are very grateful about the way the premium is likely to improve their life in the near future.

-We thank fair-trade for the much they are doing to uplift the standard of living of the disadvantaged producers from the developing countries.

We are Fairtrade Certified

Makomboki Tea Factory is a certified Fair trade Company.

We are ISO Certified

We are certified by ISO on both ISO 9001: 2008 [ Quality Management Systems] and ISO 22000:2005 [ Food Safety ]

RainForest Certified

We are also certified by the Rain forest Alliance