You may know that we make our skin and body care products in Cary, North Carolina using Neem from Mauritania, West Africa. You may not know that we develop all our products through our project “Planting Seeds of Hope.”
The purpose of this project is to provide independence and economic security to those in this impoverished area of the Sahara Desert through the harvesting of Neem leaves, fruit, and oil. Read more about our Mission and then enjoy these new photos!
Here are our most recent photos of Peter’s trip to our Neem Tree Orchard in Mauritania, West Africa.
Peter took this photo as the plane landed in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania, West Africa. From this photo you can see the concentrated area of the city. As the city moves outward into the desert these areas become the slums of the city. This is where we stay and begin our work.
This is Birger, who is the Director of E Pod. E Pod is an economic development organization and our partner in the Neem Tree Orchard project we created. This is their office in the city of Nouakchott.
Before Peter leaves for the Neem orchard, he meets with a local women who learned how to makes soaps through one of JustNeem’s workshops in Nouakchott. She now sells these soaps in the local markets.
It is a six hour drive through the desert from the city of Nouakchott to the Neem tree orchard in Kaedi. Along the way, Peter sees these camels walking along in the Sahara. Not something we see here in the States!
A truck goes off the road and holds up traffic on the only road from Nouakchott to Kaedi. Everyone gets out to help.
Finally arriving at the Neem Orchard, Keneme our Orchard Manager meets with Peter. From left to right is Keneme, Abou, Sammba, Ousman, and Peter.
The group takes a moment to exchange gifts. Peter brings the men who work at the orchard some JustNeem shirts.
Keneme made this hat from two large gourds. He sewed them together and carved this beautiful decoration into the hat just for Peter. An amazing and thoughtful gift.
Here is a photo of the Neem tree orchard. These Neem trees are two years old and growing nicely. They will not blossom or produce fruits until they are approximately five years old.
Here are some Neem tree branches that have been pruned, washed, and dried. The Neem leaves will be stripped and then pulverized into Neem leaf powder and then shipped back to JustNeem’s headquarters in North Carolina.
This is the water tower that was built last year. As you can see at the bottom of the tower the drip irrigation hoses are attached to the tower. This keeps the trees nourished in the hot desert sun.
Gathering under the shade of the Neem trees, this is what meal time is like in the desert. Food is brought to the orchard, cooked on the spot and then shared by all.
Here are some of the mango trees that also grow in our orchard. At this moment the mango trees are infested with very large locusts that are eating the leaves.
Peter formulates an all natural pesticide made from Neem seeds to keep the locusts off the mango trees. Neem is a powerful natural repellant. In the top left photo there are fresh Neem seeds and dried Neem seeds. Peter crushes the dried seeds into a powder using a rock. He soaks the powder overnight in water and adds a little soap.
In the morning Peter filters the Neem liquid and then sprays the mango trees. This works great! The locusts no longer feast on the trees. Neem is so amazing! It has been a successful trip.
Thank You For Your Support
10 % of our profit is reinvested in our Planting Seeds Of Hope project in Africa. Through our customers we are able to provide independence and economic security to those in Mauritania, plant thousands of trees in the Sahara Desert, and share the wonders of African Neem with you.