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December 17, 2010

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Help Indian women learn to read!

Five million laborers work the hot, humid tea estates of Assam — 60 percent of them are women. Their daily wages are only about US $1.50 for more than eight hours of rigorous and physically demanding work. They pluck tea in the hot sun or pouring rain, mostly barefoot, carrying a heavy basket filled with leaves. Illiteracy is one big cause that prevents these women from looking for other job opportunities.

In 2009, Mercy Corps created and implemented a women's empowerment program that succeeded in making 350 women literate in just eight months. For the women, it meant not only signing their names and counting their salaries for the first time, but also enjoying an improved status in family and society. Today, Mercy Corps wants to expand that success — and sense of accomplishment — to hundreds more women throughout northeastern India.

Now through January 31st, 52teas will be matching all contributions made through this page up to 10% of our gross website sales. So, if you contribute just 10% over your purchase, it WILL be matched 100%. If you consider that not everyone who purchases tea from us will make a donation, you can probably give a little bit more and it will likely be matched at or close to 100%, or if you are truly blessed and feeling generous, give whatever you can for this worthy cause. Of course, you can always just buy more tea to raise the 10% figure as well.

Our goal is $500 by January 31st. But go ahead a surprise me by surpassing that. I dare ya.