Green Festival Speakers
A single mom with less than $6 in her wallet and desperate for money to pay for her son’s life saving kidney operation, Zhena Muzyka put her degree in aromatherapy, a deep love for tea, her Gypsy grandmother’s teachings and a small collection of money from friends and family to work. Embracing her lore rich Ukrainian Gypsy ancestry, she began offering her custom teas from a cart on California street corners, believing that selling her tins of tea could alter fate. It turns out she was right. Ten years later, Zhena’s son Sage is a healthy 10 year old boy and Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a thriving, minority woman-owned, purpose driven brand, whose goal it is to make a difference in people's lives by offering premium teas that benefit health, protect the environment and support humanitarian efforts. As one of the early pioneers of the organic and Fair Trade movement and the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Zhena’s company doesn't just market products, it markets meaning, with a commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and the well-being of others. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is a community minded, pro-active company and works directly with small growers and out of the way tea gardens and affects change by providing these workers with healthcare, guaranteed maternity leave, childcare, literacy, better working conditions, and autonomy. With the goal of alleviating poverty in developing nations through fair trade Zhena’s Gypsy Tea has become a purveyor of hope in the guise of a successful, triple bottom line business.