The Wood Foundation Africa and Luxmi Tea Company, through the Silverback Tea Company, acquired the majority stake in three factories in 2019.
Gisovu is the premiere black CTC tea factory in Africa, and has received numerous awards for its bright, golden, and brisk cup. Pfunda offers a tea which is bright and coloury with body and briskness, while Rugabano is the newest tea factory in Rwanda already scoring among the top factories in the country.
The teas from all three gardens are grown in volcanic soils at elevations ranging between 2,000m and 2,700m above sea level. Greenleaf is sourced from The Wood Foundation Africa’s estates, and is majority supplied by 17,400 smallholder farmers. Both sources maintain a consistently high-quality standard. As a result of this, the factories are able to produce some of the most sought-after CTC teas in the world.
The three factories are majority smallholder supplied and, together, account for 15% of Rwanda’s made tea production.
Through these investments, 17,400 smallholder farmers will be supported to enhance yields and improve their incomes.