Aaron Fishman is the ultimate explorer. He travelled the world in search of new and exciting experiences; he taught French cooking techniques in Japan; he learned the art of stewed black beans from an Oaxacan grandmother. Aaron found his truth through food.
In 2012, Aaron travelled to rural East Bali as a healthcare volunteer. He was astonished by the breathtaking beauty of the region. The volcanoes, dense jungle and rugged hillsides are home to a rich, complex culture and a vibrant community. Yet Aaron discovered that behind the beauty, East Bali is an impoverished region of cashew farmers. Farmers sold raw cashews to traders who shipped them overseas for processing. The entrepreneur in Aaron saw an opportunity for a powerful social venture that would bring livelihood and educational opportunities to the region.
At the core of his idea was a business that created jobs and improved the quality of life for the community. He envisioned a globally responsible company that made honest food through genuine, transparent and sustainable business practices. From the humble village of Desa Ban, East Bali Cashews was born.
At East Bali Cashews we believe “you are what you eat”. That’s why whenever possible we source our ingredients fresh from the local forests and gardens of Karangasem. We combine organic ginger, chili peppers, coconuts, rosella and plenty more with the highest-quality cashews in the world. Our kitchen cooks up snacks that are delicious and healthy.
We have expanded rapidly from a few stores in Bali to international sales across Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Every sale makes it possible to provide over 400 jobs in East Bali. Most of those jobs are filled by previously unemployed local women who now have a personal source of income and access to education and professional development.
As the business grows and succeeds, we expand our social impact. We operate what was the area’s first preschool, cultivate professional potential and implement farming improvement projects. The social mission of East Bali Cashews ensures that our community can learn, innovate and thrive.
The future will bring more opportunity for farmers and employees as we grow and expand operations into new communities. We'll keep working as a team to create positive impacts, one nut at a time!