Patrick Kaberia Muthaura At Warminster Civic Centre For A Fairtrade Celebration

Tuesday 8th March 2017: 

Warminster Civic Centre Welcomed Kenyan Patrick Kaberia Muthaura To Fairtrade Celebration 

Warminster has always taken part in Fairtrade Fortnight, having been a Fairtrade town for some years. As part of this year’s celebrations the Fairtrade Steering Committee organised an afternoon tea in the foyer of Warminster Civic Centre to which the Mayor and Councillors were invited to meet Patrick Kaberia Muthaura, a Fairtrade tea farmer from Kenya. The table was laden with cakes and biscuits made entirely from Fairtrade produce and Patrick was given a warm welcome by all present.

 A handshake between the Mayor of Warminster 
Councillor Paul Macfarlane and the guest of honour 
Patrick Kaberia Muthaura. 

Patrick is a member of the Michimikuru Tea Co-operative in Meru, Kenya, which has approximately 7,000 members. Caf├ędirect has been working with Michimikuru since 2005 and has supported them in becoming Fairtrade certified. Patrick was most enthusiastic in describing the benefits of this partnership to the co-operative and the environmental projects that are being undertaken by the community to ensure the sustainability of tea production and the livelihoods of the communities that live nearby.

 Patrick Kaberia Muthaura chats, over a cuppa,
with Warminster Town Councillor Sue Fraser. 

Patrick was fascinated by a display board that Judith Halls from Warminster Town Council had set up of memories from her early years in Nairobi when her father had worked for East African Airways. These included tourist publicity material of the area, old maps and photographs of Judith and her parents in Nairobi in the mid to late 1960s. Patrick told Judith how different the area is now and promised to send her some up to date images for her collection.