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Nepal: Organic tea plantation a perfect business model for community development

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
13 January 2013

The Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Centre (KTE) in Nepal has emerged as a perfect business model for community development and for poverty reduction at a grass roots level. As well as improving the living standards of local farmers, KTE has created jobs in Kathmandu with the establishment of a tea packaging factory and a busy marketing office.

Those who have benefited from the opportunity for employment include women who were previously destitute and homeless. A dynamic marketing team is engaged in promoting the high quality organic tea to niche markets worldwide. KTE founder Dr Deepak Baskota tells how it was a source of great satisfaction for him when he heard that the company's tea was being stocked by Harrods (the world-renowned upmarket department store in London).

At present, in the Kathmandu office and factory, a staff of about 30 practises Transcendental Meditation together daily. Everyone, from the CEO to the cleaning staff, gathers in the packaging room for the 20 minute sessions. Dr Baskota, who is also national director of Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation, is expanding the programme to include instruction in Transcendental Meditation for the farmers and villagers at the plantation. Courses in the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme are also due to commence very soon.

During his visit to Nepal in 1974, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explained how the practice of Transcendental Meditation—by giving the experience of the non-changing transcendental field, the Self—brings the fruit of all knowledge, evenness of life. Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation, under Dr Baskota's leadership, is continuing Maharishi's great work to enable each individual to enjoy that evenness of life, and for all levels of society in Nepal to express the perfect harmony and affluence that is the full expression of Natural Law.

See previous articles in this series:
Nepal: Dr Deepak Baskota brings news of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to UK
UK's peace-creating communities of meditators inspire formation of similar groups in Nepal
Nepal's first organic tea plantation raises villagers' standard of living
Nepal: Certified organic tea produced with care for the environment

Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News - UK

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