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How to Cultivate Empathy from Afar

How to Cultivate Empathy from Afar

by Kate Holby September 16, 2021

As I think about how our community in Kenya is growing and we are growing in parallel a world away, my mind turns to all of you, our customers. Having not been to Kenya in two years, my work is no longer driven so much by the deep empathy for people I know. Rather, I am waking up and moving forward driven by this larger idea of a world that I want to know. This distance has made it harder to stay motivated. It has made it harder to package tea boxes and ship orders. But then I think of you.

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The Many Mothers of Ajiri Tea

The Many Mothers of Ajiri Tea

by Kate Holby May 03, 2021

Difna is the first to tell you that you don't have to be a "mom" to mother and you don't have to be family to act as a family. Our Ajiri scholars have taken to calling themselves part of the "Ajiri Family"--a testament to the love and devotion Regina and Difna show each child.

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In Peace of Wild Things

In Peace of Wild Things

by Kate Holby April 09, 2021

We're taking a scrap of optimism. We're not burdening it with the forethought of grief. We're cultivating it with every student we help to raise, every woman we employ, every box of tea we sell. 

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Women's Work

Women's Work

by Kate Holby March 09, 2021

We initially decided to employ women to craft the Ajiri Tea and Coffee packaging because women tend to reinvest over 90% of their earnings back into their families and communities. But we continue to employ women not for what they are doing with their money but rather for what they can't do without it. Women in Sub-Saharan Africa provide the majority of the agricultural labor, yet own anywhere from 1% to 13% of the land.

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How to refill your own cup of hope

How to refill your own cup of hope

by Kate Holby January 25, 2021

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Less Doing, More Brewing

Less Doing, More Brewing

by Kate Holby May 08, 2020

Hakuna matata! What "Kenyan Time" teaches us about quarantine time. How we deal with our anxieties to constantly be productive, and our shifting perceptions on what "productivity" actually means.

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Self-Care and Motherhood in Kenya

Self-Care and Motherhood in Kenya

by Kate Holby April 29, 2020

This term of self-care, as we have come to know it, isn't just reserved for bath bombs or face masks, but is an evolving idea that women can reclaim some time or some money for themselves. Perhaps we don't talk enough about the new clothes or the hair or their new cooking pot because it doesn't align within the common narrative of selfless motherhood and womanhood.

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Earth Day: Ajiri is Committed to Sustainability

Earth Day: Ajiri is Committed to Sustainability

by Kate Holby April 16, 2020

This past month seemed to float by. We were worried about sales. Worried about the health of our community in Kenya (225 confirmed cases of CV19 in Kenya). We were trying to figure out the transition to teaching by cell phone (not even smartphone) to our Ajiri scholars. And we were worried about how we are going to continue to pay 60 women in rural Kenya when the flow of orders has trickled.

Those worries are all still there. But this past week, instead of swirling amidst the stress and skimming the news and refreshing our browsers, we started to be still.

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Lemon Lentil Soup Featuring Ajiri Tea

Lemon Lentil Soup Featuring Ajiri Tea

by Kate Holby April 01, 2020

This perfect quarantine recipe is brought to you by the culinary creative, Annie Strong of Annie's Kitchen. This hardy soup combines classic comforting lentils with our zesty Ajiri Black Tea with Lemon Myrtle. Perfect for an early Spring dinner. 

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Expelled from School: Tea and Teenagers

Expelled from School: Tea and Teenagers

by Ajiri Online Orders January 14, 2020 1 Comment

Our primary focus at the Ajiri Foundation is working with our students to become the best citizen--the best "you" can be. Our second goal, of course, is to improve academic performance. When school fees are paid, uniforms are bought, food is on the table, and there is a stable presence of support, our students inevitably do better in school. But sometimes, they don't. Potential, of course, is harder to measure than test scores. 

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To Be A Kid

To Be A Kid

by Ajiri Online Orders July 25, 2019

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The Business of Optimism

The Business of Optimism

by Kate Holby March 28, 2019

Sales, expenses, assets, liabilities . . . a succinct way to sum up a business. But equally important in determining the health of a company is the emotional balance sheet. What percentage of pessimism? Optimism? Determination? Numbers don't tell the story of a business, people do.

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