Who We Are
Naagad Resins & Gums is an authentic social enterprise company, involved with direct resin harvest and export for over 80 years, globally. At Nagaad, we work with communities, for communities.
Nagaad is among the most experienced companies on the planet when it comes to gums and resins. This is, in turn, attributed to contributions toward the community. Communities have the greatest knowledge of the harvesting and handling process of resins and gums. It is also worth noting that Nagaad is the only company of its kind that has resin and gum collection licenses, valid across the East African region.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, our factory contains in-house lab facilities, with EU accreditation, that carry out necessary tests and analyses to ensure high quality products. These products are sure to meet, and surpass, stringent international standards. When purchasing from Nagaad, you purchase directly from the communities. Fair trade is a primary area of focus for Nagaad, as a social enterprise.
We want to empower our customers to be able to directly purchase goods from the communities that rely on these plantations for sustainable means of income. We are also passionate about the eradication of over-harvesting of these valuable trees, cherished and strongly valued by the communities that tend to their growth. The long-term benefits of the plants and trees amplify the need to protect these valuable resources to ensure an environmentally sustainable business model, improving livelihoods and empowering local communities.
What We Do
We are the only company of its kind in East Africa which sells organic resins, gums, and essential oils. Our products are all wildly crafted, with no preservatives & 100% certified organic, obtained naturally from the stem of various precious trees. With licenses to collect resins and gums from all regions of Eastern Africa, we have developed a wide network of partnership amongst many communities that harvest the resins and gums.
We are the only company in East Africa who can provide top quality resins, gums & essential oils. We are also a member of the Network for National Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) and have all necessary regulatory licenses for collection and production of gums and resins.
Nagaad Gums, having inherited the business from our ancestors, 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. Our 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 centers.
Nagaad Gums is now proud to have transformed into a modern Social Enterprise Business that not only works with the communities but 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 environment.