Purchase of dad's oxygen concentrator

Ayub Gathu

Nairobi, Kenya

Funds disbursed

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Entrepreneur

Name

Ayub Gathu

Member since

February 2014

On-time repayments

153 installments  •  33%

About Me

I am Ayub. I was borne in Nakuru, Kenya to a small humble family of 6 siblings. I had this very hardworking father that one day when he sadly died my mom asked us jokingly, who's gonna be as hardworking as your father. Inwardly, I deeply feel proud that I have taken after my father - I never leave until my efforts have achieved. I managed to sail through campus, undertaking Electrical and Electronics Engineering only by running errands in Nairobi town, at times during classes just to earn a living, including selling insurance policies, registering businesses and delivering post mails. I am today working for a multinational German solar power financier representing them in East Africa (see me in www.ecoligo.com). Still I am running a nut processing and packaging business both to mentor my cousin as well as help her save for her education. Mentorship is what I do best. My pastime hobby is simple: visiting places in the websites: universities, cities, cultures and watching real documentaries. It gets me inspired that one day I will tour the globe.

My Business

Apart from my employment, I run a small business that processes and packages different kind of nuts. My key product is the granola. This is a product that is added to different cuisines and is a mix of many nuts which I roast and grind and mix into a paste. I discovered that in this day and time, healthful living is a key concern for many. My target group is mainly the vegetarian. They need their bodies supplemented by nutrients they lack from animal-based foods. Nuts have most of these nutrients. The value addition for groundnuts, a special package I make, is to add pure honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and sell between 0.9 and 3.2 USD/packet. The unit cost of production is 0.4 - 1 USD/packet. My profits are used to grow my business as I save a portion for my cousin's higher education. I market my product through social media and personal network. My ultimate goal is for mass production to supply in supermarkets and to a larger market base. My operation expenditures are mainly electricity costs, since I run my roaster on the grid. I target that through the support of this community to soon but LPG gas roasters. I am proud of the business idea and I am happy to expand it to the many ideas in my mind.

Project Proposal

I will take a pause from growing my business for now and focus on the health of my father.

He has had a respiratory problem coming from his failing lungs since his TB treatment at Kiriaini Hospital in 2013 here in Kenya.

For the last 3 years I have always taken him to Kijabe Mission Hospital West of Kenya's capital, Nairobi for treatment. They have now recommended an oxygen concentrator to help his breathing.

I appreciate the support of the community.

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Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount

$130.83

Date disbursed

Jul 31, 2022

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $13.08

Backers

David Ochieng

Nairobi, Kenya

Peninah Karanja

Kinoo ,kiambu.county, Kenya

Winnie Mataza

Mombasa, Kenya

LJ

United States

Ibrahim Kinyuiro

Nakuru, Kenya

Gilbert Gwaro

Mombasa, Kenya

JH

Joseph Hwang

Houston, United States

Charles Karanja

Rwathia, Kenya

Phylis Mugasia

Nakuru Town .soimet Village , Kenya

Eugene Lumumba

Nairobi, Kenya

Grace Maina

Kikuyu, Kenya

John Mutimbi

Nairobi, Kenya

Duncan Otieno

Nairobi, Kenya

Leonard Hassan

Kasoa, Ghana

Innocent Dewovoh

Asamankese, Ghana

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