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  • Kickstart: The Tools to End Poverty

    KickStart designs and develops tools and technologies for small businesses. Their goal is to help individuals in developing countries start business that can improve their standard of living. One KickStart technology is a manually operated oilseed press. The press extracts oil from sesame and sunflower seeds. Besides selling the oil, the business owner can sell the pressed seed as a high-protein animal feed supplement.

    Jane Mathendu greatly increased her wages by buying a KickStart press and renting a shop in the town of Chuka, in Kenya.More people wanted to buy oil from her than she had seeds, so she started contracting local farmers to grow seeds. Read her entire story: JAMALI Cooking Oil. (Photo courtesy of KickStart.)

    Donate to KickStart: The Tools to End Poverty.