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Neater nut processing

Thileka's story: peeling the nuts

After the cashew kernels are separated from the shells, they are passed on to peelers like Thileka. Peeling involves scraping off the reddish skin from a kernel and putting it into a bowl, depending on whether it is large or small, whole or damaged.

Thileka works in a team of about eight women and says, ‘It’s quite easy, not like shelling, that’s too hard! How much you do depends on your experience and skill, but even the youngest of us can manage 5kg. Some do between 10 and 12kg. I like the work. With the money I get, some is to spend on myself but most goes into the bank to save.

The 10 rupees per kilogram (less than 10p) that Thileka is paid is a vital addition to her family’s income.



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