Sunflower seeds purchase for making affordable cooking oil


Kisumu, Kenya

5% paid forward




Member since

September 2015

On-time repayments

125 installments  •  62%

About Me

I grew up in a rural setting and partly, that has been part of my life all through. Rustic, and literally, down to earth. I helped my grandmother till her land over weekends during school terms and subconsciously, I was being prepared to make farming an integral part of my life yet I didn't know it then.

The climate in my area is generally wet and sunny, and that makes it ideal for farming. With vast lands that is easily accessible through leasing, I opted to make farming part of my life. I raise beans, and sunflower, and some occasional sweet potatoes when the season is right. Besides farming, and making edible oil, I have a clothes business.

When I am not farming, I like travelling and speaking to young students about believing in themselves and pursuing their dreams. Whenever I can, I like making an impact for poor people by buying them household provisions and encouraging them to pick themselves up and transform their lives.

My Business

SInce 2016, I started experimenting with producing sunflower seeds, and later pressing them for oil, which I used, and sold extra to my friends and family. Many people realize the health and nutritional value of sunflower oil and that has inadvertently spiked the demand of this highly valuable oil, and I have experienced the benefits firsthand.

Besides being a substance that helps people stay away from the doctor, it is highly loaded in essential oils that enhance healthy and good living. The inquiries about the oil started flowing in and I realized I could take this venture up and make it work. Unlike the clothes venture that had me employing just 3 people directly, this sunflower oil processing was making me link up directly with over 20 farmers directly. The women in my village plant and sell the seeds to me and this is impacting on families in a big way.

The costs of producing the seeds are modest, with at least $100 going into tilling, planting, weeding and harvesting an acre of the sunflower crop. Some $20 to $100 goes into inputs like seeds and fertilizers for the same size. After processing and the oil and cake is ready for the market, the revenue is about $500.

The profits I have been getting have been used to prop up the venture further, like acquisition of more farming acreage and training potential farmers to embrace the crop. I have been able to also support a kids football team from the proceeds of the business, have my children in school and guarantee flour for one needy and widowed lady around my neighbourhood.

Project Proposal

These funds will help me provide affordable and chemical-free healthy cooking oil for my community.

We are heading into the festive season. Demand for cooking oils is on the rise. Cooking oil prices have soared in recent days and that has affected cooking patterns in poor households, even in my community. Some homes have done away with preparing dishes requiring oils, and quietly, this is causing nutritional deficiencies.

With no possibility of lower cooking oil prices in the coming days, some households will have a very tasteless Christmas celebration. Some families in my community will not afford to fry their meals.

I will use the funds to acquire a tonne and a half of sunflower seeds from local farmers. I will press the seeds in my oil press, located right in my community. My project will produce about 1000 litres of pure sunflower cooking oil. This will be sold at half the market price to the community. In my community, cooking oil in stores retails at $3.5. I intend to sell mine at no more than $1.8 a litre.

This project will earn my community an income from selling their seeds, at a better price to me than brokers, and I will earn a little profit serving my community. Furthermore, it will be a start to encourage more local farmers to grow the sunflower crop. The sunflower crop is more drought resistant than maize. It will also earn them a higher income than maize, and yields better. A higher income will lead to improved living standards.

That my operational overheads are low, since we use no chemicals to purify the oil, but just filter and our customers bring their own containers at purchase, I expect a 40% profit.






Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Dec 18, 2022



Kirn, Germany


Manchester, United Kingdom


Minneapolis/StPaul, United States


Kisumu, Kenya


Limuru, Kenya


Nairobi, Kenya

Stefan Koshold

Mülheim, Germany


Juan Busco

United States




Jesus Figueres

Valencia, Spain


Malindi, Kenya


Michal V

Prague, Czech Republic

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  • Immaculate    Dec 28, 2022

    Hello. I am readjusting as I am yet to clear the sales. I look to regularize the repayment as soon as possible.

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  • Immaculate    Dec 18, 2022

    Hello Zidisha family. Thanks for funding my project. I am already moving about looking for the sunflower seeds so that I can get to start pressing the oil. Merry Christmas to you all, and may the joys of this season fill your hearts now and always. Thank you.

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  • Jesus Figueres    Dec 10, 2022

    Good luck!

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  • Immaculate    Feb 9, 2022

    I have been diligent in repaying before and made strides in growing the business and will strive to repay on time again.

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  • Powered by me    Jun 30, 2018

    Hi Imma,

    Any updates on progress?


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    • Immaculate    Jul 6, 2018

      Jambo! I have cleared the loan, thank you very much! The dry, harvest season is here and I hope to get a good number of farmers to supply me with the seeds for processing the oil. The sky is not even the limit for me. Thank you so much for your kind support, and concern. Your impact on my community is phenomenal!

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  • Immaculate    Mar 15, 2018

    Readjustment for now. Will resume back to regular repayments in not so lobg

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  • Immaculate    Feb 13, 2018

    Thank you so much 'Powered by me'. I will make it happen

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  • Powered by me    Feb 13, 2018


    Let's make it happen.


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  • Immaculate    Feb 3, 2018

    Dearest all, I have posted a new application. Please support me

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  • Immaculate    Feb 3, 2018

    Already wonderful farmers are preparing the fields ready for the planting season. Please fund me! :-)

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  • Powered by me    Feb 2, 2018

    Keep me posted at [email protected]

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    • J    Feb 2, 2018

      No keep all of us posted here. This is important for Immaculates next loan.

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  • Immaculate    Jan 23, 2018

    Filtering the oil, ready for packaging and selling

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  • Immaculate    Jan 19, 2018

    Dearest lenders, we can make it. 4 hours left. Please

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  • Immaculate    Jan 6, 2018

    Here I am with the processed oil.

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  • Immaculate    Jan 5, 2018

    Hello Family. I have just completed the previous loan and I feel I am very ready for the next challenge. With the completed loan, I was able to grow the clothes business, saw an increase in profits, and lay the ground to get into the sunflower oil processing that I had been planning all along. I even gained weight! :-) In spite of the challenging political situation in the country, I was able to save up, had a wonderful Christmas for my staff, their family and mine, and set everything for the oil pressing venture. Thank you so much

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  • Immaculate    Jan 5, 2018

    The sunflower oil pressing is highly promising

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  • Immaculate    Jan 5, 2018

    Thank you

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  • Immaculate    Jan 5, 2018

    I look forward to your support as we aim for greater things

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  • Immaculate    Jan 4, 2018

    Happy new year family. I have finally cleared the loan and look forward to a brighter future. Thank you all for your support and patience. May God bless you abundantly.

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  • Immaculate    May 31, 2017

    Unprecedented financial changes in the economy has slowed down business. High cost of transport has eaten into my operating costs.

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