Nagaad Resins and Gums is a community based authentic Social Enterprise Business, working with the communities and working for the communities. It is the communities that have the greatest knowledge of the harvesting and handling of the resins and gums whilst the company has the knowledge to process and market the product. Both the shareholders of the company and the communities’ themselves benefit from the production and sale of the high quality products.
The communities that Nagaad Resins and Gums works with are living in some of the harshest arid and semi-arid regions of the world and are some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Eastern Africa. Many to this date still lead nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyles with livestock being the primary source of income. Some of the people have also chosen to adopt small scale subsistence farming as a secondary source of income.
With a growing population, a degraded environment, increasingly severe droughts, increasingly scarce natural resources and tribal conflicts, these people have become very vulnerable to even minor shocks. Nagaad Resins and Gums understands that the future of its business lies in working closely with and supporting these communities. In order for these communities to thrive they must have multiple income sources and be resilient to shocks. Nagaad Resins and 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. Nagaad Resins and Gums is offering communities a viable alternative to the logging and charcoal trade through sustainable harvesting of the organic resins and gums in order to preserve the trees and forests of the savannahs and arid regions. It is a symbiotic relationship between Nagaad Resins and Gums and the communities it works with.
The next phase of the Nagaad Resins and Gums CSR and Environmental strategy is to promote alternatives to the need for deforestation. Some of the initiatives to be taken are approach and partner with NGO’s, the United Nations, and the business sector to promote the use of renewable energies, particularly solar and wind power. Provide training in sustainable harvesting of forest products so, for example, only a small part a tree is cut for firewood and therefore allowing for regrowth. Supporting the Green Belt movement through planting of trees across deforested areas. Empowering women to better understand the environment they live in and take decisions in providing for a resilient and sustainable future.
The business has a policy of ensuring the safety and welfare of its employees and all the stakeholders, and for this the business has gained popularity and trust. The company also employs the use of evidence-based decision making so as to enhance inclusivity in all aspects of its operations.