1. a Hindi phrase that means 'hot tea.'
2. it is commonly cried out by chaiwallahs at railway platforms and bus stands.
3. chaiwallas are people who prepare, sell or serve Indian tea (chai) on streets or small roadside shops.
1. most famous son of a tea vendor - India's current Prime Minister - Narendra Modi.
2. the word chai or cha (tea) comes from the Persian چای chay, which originated from the Chinese word for tea 茶chá.
3. the English word tea, on the other hand, comes from the Teochew dialect of Chinese teeh.
WHO WE ARE
a social purpose business focused on rebuilding refugee lives by creating employment opportunities by selling Indian specialist tea across the UK. we also reinvest a majority of our profits to achieve sustainability, grow our reach and ensure the fulfillment of our mission.
we offer a variety of loose leaf tea blends - Masala (Spicy) chai, a Cardamom tea blend, a Ginger tea blend and an English breakfast blend – which are all hand-packed and hand-blended by refugees. we also offer a Chai Syrup made from our very own Masala chai blend that can be used to make chai lattes, iced teas and chai cocktails!
we also plan to set up a franchise of tea stalls across the food markets in the UK that will provide opportunities for refugees to regain their confidence and develop employability skills in the process which will help them to find a job and integrate better into society.
1. employment for refugees: we believe everyone in the UK regardless whether they are refugees or economic migrants should get the same chances as all Londoners for a decent quality of life and the opportunity to contribute to London and its development.facts like "UK refugees are six times less likely to be employed than the UK national average" is something we are looking to CHANGE. other research as published in the Greater London ‘London Enriched’ document reveals that the employment rate for refugees in London is less than 30 per cent!we want to break this cycle and help refugees integrate and live in security and dignity in the UK.
2. fair-trade movement: we support this movement as often those who grow and pick your tea don’t even earn enough to feed their families let alone plan for the future. but when the tea is bought on Fairtrade terms, farmers and workers benefit in many ways, from improved working conditions through to training in how to improve the way they farm and manage their environment to the opportunity to improve healthcare and education in their community. so, whenever you have a cup of Fairtrade tea from us, you know it’s a ‘good’ cup of tea!
1. a Chaigaram tea stall across all food markets in London
2. selling our very own Chaigaram blend across all cafes and stores in London/UK/Europe/Global
3. little hole-in-the-wall Chaigaram tea shops across London
4. the first BCorp that sells chai
AMAZING FELLOW SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
1. eat me chutneys: tackle food wastage by converting wonky food into yummy chutneys: www.eatmechutneys.com
2. slumdog travels: provide specialised tours to India and tackle illiteracy using funds raised through tour sales: www.slumdogtravels.com
- refugee council
- transitions london
- migrants resource centre
- city university of london
- vivek singh (ceo, cinnamon kitchen)
- postcode community trust
- tea with strangers | london
- Hiring refugees: 'we have an amazing wealth of talent on our hands'
- This desi helps refugees, one masala chai at a time
- This Indian man has set up tea stalls in London to help unemployed refugees find work
- Working with our worlds refugees - Making masala chai
- Food Rush: Chaigaram: Empowering refugees one chai at a time
- Artefact Magazine: Chaigaram - Empowering Refugees
- London Live: Indian tea stall helps London refugees find jobs
- TriplePundit - The U.K.’s Refugee Integration Curse
- Chaigaram, Indian specialist tea