About Us

Company Profile

Nagaad Resins and Gums (Nagaad Gums) is an authentic Social Enterprise business that “works with the communities and for the communities”.

It is the communities that have the greatest knowledge of the harvesting and handling of the resins and gums. Working with the communities means Nagaad Gums is the only company of its kind in the whole Eastern Africa region to handle and process to the final product a wide variety of resins and gums extracted from naturally growing and organic wild forest trees.

Working for the communities means the communities are the real resin and gum producers and they benefit in multiple ways from a product that is locally collected and manufactured into a valuable commodity.

Nagaad Gums, having inherited the business from its ancestors, has built on their knowledge to develop a sound business model. The Nagaad Gums business model uses ancient skills, and blends these with modern technologies to produce products of extraordinary value and quality. Nagaad Gums is proud to claim that the resins and gums are traceable from harvesting to the finished products.

“We are the only company of its kind in East Africa which sells bulk resins, gums, and essential oils.”

With licenses to collect resins and gums from all regions of Eastern Africa, Nagaad Gums has already centralised its operations by constructing one processing factory in Kenya to serve the Eastern African region.  The factory utilizes state of the art technologies and is equipped with in house EU accredited laboratory facilities which carry out the requisite tests and analysis to ensure high quality products that meet and even surpass international standards. A second processing factory is in the planning for Somalia.

The laboratory equipment installed in the Nagaad Gums facility is GC/MS, FID and is uniquely designed to suit the processing of 100% pure essential oils. The methods of extraction employed include steam and hydro distillation as well as combined steam distillation. The efficiency and flexibility of Nagaad Gums plant facilities is changing the dynamics of resin and gum supply in Eastern Africa.

“We are the only company of its kind in East Africa which sells bulk resins, gums, and essential oils.”

Nagaad Gums has developed a wide network and partnership amongst many communities that harvest the resins and gums and supply to the company.

Using the ancient skills blended with modern technologies this has become an important source of income for many people. In return Nagaad Gums has been disseminating to the communities the long term benefits and value of the trees and plants and the need to protect this valuable resource to ensure an environmentally sustainable business model that can improve livelihoods and can provide income even in the harshest of years.

With licenses to collect resins and gums from all regions of Eastern Africa, Nagaad Gums has already centralised its operations by constructing one processing factory in Kenya to serve the Eastern African region. The factory utilizes state of the art technologies and is equipped with in house EU accredited laboratory facilities which carry out the requisite tests and analysis to ensure high quality products that meet and even surpass international standards. A second processing factory is in the planning for Somalia.

The laboratory equipment installed in the Nagaad Gums facility is GC/MS, FID and is uniquely designed to suit the processing of 100% pure essential oils. The methods of extraction employed include steam and hydro distillation as well as combined steam distillation. The efficiency and flexibility of Nagaad Gums plant facilities is changing the dynamics of gum supply in Eastern Africa.

Nagaad Gums uses Chain of Custody (COC) to encompasses the entire process right from harvesting to the end users of the products. The COC process elaborately details each step including the equipment used, safety procedures, training, record keeping, and audits. The aim of the COC process is to ensure sustainability of the products, traceability of the products, safety of the products, and finally the highest quality and standards of the products.

Nagaad Gums is a member of the Network for National Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) and has all necessary regulatory licenses for collection and production of gums and resins.

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Company Background

Nagaad Resins and Gums (Nagaad Gums) began in the late 1940s as a family business in rural Somalia, naturally harvesting resins and gums from various tree species as a means of adding value to the communities while conserving the environment and providing a sustainable income source. The business grew considerably up until the late 1980’s with harvesting taking place across the country.

The business was forced to close its doors at the advent of the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990’s as it was no longer possible to safely move around the country and source the raw product. In 2015, after more than 20 years, Nagaad Gums re-opened for business, and under the tutelage of the founders the next generation have learnt and further researched the business and taken over the mantle. Communities throughout East Africa are being mobilized to help form a community-based business that now incorporates state of the art modern production facilities, and developed supply chains and distribution centres.

In the initial years after restarting Nagaad Gums developed community initiatives to educate the people in order to reduce or prevent logging of the precious trees, explaining to these communities that the trees are in themselves far more valuable standing than being cut. This has been a challenge in itself as the company research identified 22 uses for the trees outside of resins and gum harvesting. These include fuel wood, charcoal trade, animal fencing, and use in construction. In many locations Nagaad Gums has now further developed the networks and curbed logging, however the work is continuous and far from complete.

To evolve with the ever-changing dynamics in the region Nagaad Gums had to re-engineer its management team, purchase top of the range processing facilities for the resins and gums and develop a uniquely designed “essential oils” processing factory. Nagaad Gums is constantly reviewing the supply chain by decentralising the distribution networks while still acquiring more knowledge from the sector. Nagaad Gums has developed overseas partnerships as well as forming joint venture investment programs with professionals long associated with the resin and gum business.

Nagaad Gums is now proud to have transformed into a modern Social Enterprise Business that not only works with the communities but works for the communities, to assist in building a better more resilient and sustainable future alongside taking a role helping safe guard and care for the fragile environment. Nagaad Gums will be happy to share its story further and in more detail.

Nagaad Gums has in-house laboratory facilities which are used to carry out analysis to ascertain the quality and product standards so that they meet customer needs and requirements. The laboratory equipment available is GC/MS, FID. The distillation and laboratory equipment has been uniquely designed to suit Nagaad Gums purpose and conditions.

The natural products produced have wide range of applications such as used as therapeutic and medicinal agents, aromatherapies and pharmaceutical products, provide fragrances in perfumes and sprays, and they are widely applied in the cosmetic, confectionery, food and beverages industries.

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