Sarilla Sparkling Tea drinks and companion loose leaf teas are the brainchild of Sara Stender Delaney, a global activist and social entrepreneur. Her company reflects her passion, skills, and determination to create quality products for the beverage industry in an equitable fashion. The company’s products are gluten free, naturally vegan, pesticide free, plant based, women owned, and BPA (bisphenol A) free. However, what may make Sarilla Sparkling Energy Teas different is that they are made with whole-leaf fair trade certified tea from Rwanda.
Delaney founded the company while working with Rwandan genocide survivors and their families. She has been working with the East Africans since 2007. Her 2008 dissertation “Mainstreaming Fair Trade Through Corporate Participation in The Fair Trade Market,” further staged the success for the bilingual (English and French) entrepreneur.
As in involved company, Sarilla is the primary sponsor of Sustain, a program designed by Africa Healing Exchange to teach entrepreneurship skills to women and genocide survivors in Rwanda. It also hosts the annual Crop to Cup Tour.
While many associate teas with China, Africa is no stranger to tea production. Kenya is, in fact, the world's largest exporter of black tea. Port Of Harlem reader Jeremiah Muraya has been a black tea farmer for more than 30 years. “My family has been tea farmers since 1970,” the accountant and farmer told Port Of Harlem via Facebook. He added, tea is a shrub kind of tree which takes three to four years to mature to start producing tea leaves.”