Here at Happy Kombucha We are passionate about Kombucha. We are the UK's number one supplier of Organically grown Scobies and brewing equipment for brewing your own Kombucha health drink. Our Kombucha is a genuine raw pro-biotic product.
We make our Kombucha and Mother Scobies using only the finest natural ingredients. Everything we produce is made naturally by hand. Our product is not mass produced, We simply let nature add her goodness in her own time. Happy Kombucha scobies are never pre-packed or dehydrated and we work hard to ensure that we use only fairtrade or organic ingredients.
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But we don't just sell Kombucha we also supply live and healthy Kefir Grains...... grown by hand organically.
In the shadows of the huge Iskcon temple in Bangalore, along the maze of alleyways near by you will find numerous incense factories many with impressive names and long heritages. From the villages around the city small trucks bring bundles of raw incense that has been hand rolled in essence by home workers. In the factories the incense is dipped in fragrance, counted in to bundles of ten or twenty sticks and packed in branded packaging. You might think this is a mechanical process, but actually its all done by hand. On a recent trip to Bangalore I met the some of the workers packing incense sticks. These guys and girls sit on the floor counting and packing incense sticks worked so fast there hands were a blur. Put your hand in front of your face and shake it up and down as fast as possible, that's how fast and hard they were working. I asked how much they were paid.. 150 -
It seems to me there are four basic economic classes in India.
Firstly the physical workers (often skilled) who earn £1 or £2 a day and live in a social class that traps them there. This is about 70-
Finally there are the stinking rich, with private jets and huge estates. There are more millionaires in India than most other countries. Apparently there are a million of them in India.
I asked him if any workers escaped the low pay trap, yes.. one or two he said. The ones who had some education and crucially had English language. They could get a job in a Coffee Day or MacDonald's and move up in to the next economic league.
Then over the coffee we brewed up an idea. What if we built in 10p of margin at the UK end to a pack of incense and sent this back to India in the form of paid for English lessons. An outer of 12 incense packs would pay for an hours instruction for say ten workers. The factory would provide the space and hire a professional teacher, the workers would agree to teach others their skills in return for lessons, so the factory could recruit more skilled workers and act like a stepping stone.
Of course nothing is ever simple in India. It's taken the best part of a year to design and produce a range of incense; called Freedom Incense. Recruiting a local trustee in India to administer funds and avoid corruption took time. The factory management have tried hard to change the ground rules and some compromises had to be worked out. But on the positive side other Indian companies have embraced the concept enthusiastically. So there will be other Freedom products, including cotton and jute bags along soon. Sales from the first container of incense (now on sale) will generate enough to put several kids of workers through good schools and provided meals and further education for others.
So if you see a pack of Freedom Incense in a shop near you be prepared to pay about 10p over the odds (will you miss it?) but rest assured that that 10p will make make a world of difference to someone. Think about it...
In general we are looking to trade in an ethical and moral manor. We don't believe that morals have to go out the window just to sell stuff.