In 2010, we dared to change the cashew market in Benin, West Africa. Other countries processed 98% of the raw cashew nuts grown in Benin, which exported jobs, wealth, and opportunity. Our vision was to encourage community development, establish a local cashew processing factory, and launch our own snack brand.
We partnered with farmers, entrepreneurs, and engineers in Benin and beyond to create a local, thriving, and sustainable cashew operation. Through Tolaro Global, our cashew processing, roasting & salting factories, we buy from 7,000 local farmers and employ more than 650 people in Benin.
Today, we use a holistic approach which partners community and business development, changing the villages and communities we are working in. In partnership with our non-profit, Projects for Progress, we are educating and empowering women and children to move and think beyond their current situations to a future of hope and prosperity.
Inspired by the changes we are seeing first hand, we launched our snack brand, beyond. We believe that life is meant to be lived and poured out in service for others, knowing that our purpose is found in helping people change their lives.
We could think of nothing better than to share our cashews and their stories with the world.