Senegal is famous for its high quality cashew nuts the country is currently producing approximately 75,000 metric tons of unprocessed cashew each year. However, of all the harvested cashews, 95% is exported without processing. If all of the harvested cashew is processed right here in Senegal we will have raw material enough to operate 20 factories. At the moment there is only 1 factory that is processing cashew nuts in the country. This shows us that there is huge potential in the development of this industry because it uses a raw material produced by small holder farmers and will be able to create 20,000 jobs in the country.
Expanding the amount of cashew processing that takes place in Senegal will result in economic development in terms of higher incomes and more jobs. The production of high quality cashew kernels which is a value added commodity while utilizing local resources will retain a greater portion of the overall value of the resource within the local communities, greatly contributing to the economic development of the region.
Being a socially responsible organization we make sure that we donate a substantial percentage of our profits to various NGOs who are working towards community development in Senegal. Some of the projects in which SODAM Cashew is participating include installation of clean water systems, wells, irrigation systems, as well as literacy and health training centers. All of these projects will improve the quality of life of individuals, families and entire communities.