Ajiri Tea, a company founded by Sara Holby ’08 and her mother, Ann, won top honors in the Black Tea category at the 2011 North American Tea Championships in February. This isn’t the first award for the young company, which was recognized with the 2010 Best New Product Award for Packaging at the World Tea Expo last fall. Ajri’s packaging is made by hand by women in the Kisii area of Kenya, where Sara volunteered while a student at Bowdoin. Through a spin-off non-profit foundation, Ajiri’s tea income returns to Kisii to employ those women and to pay for the education of village children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
For more on Sara Holby ’08 and Ajiri Tea, see this piece from Bowdoin magazine, Spring 2010.