Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates (DOTEPL) produces high-quality organic tea. The "Darjeeling" label means their tea is produced in the designated region in the northern mountains of West Bengal. Many tea plantations in the region are in disrepair. The estates are a legacy of the British period and urgently need to be re-developed.
Oikocredit entered into a partnership with DOTEPL in 2013 because of its focus on redeveloping the estates, supporting its workers, working with local producers, and using best ecological practices. In 2016, Oikocredit supported DOTEPL with another equity investment, continuing to support the turnaround of abandoned tea estates.