CIKAR is a palm oil mill company that manufactures crude palm oil (red CPO) from fresh palm fruits, which the company buys directly from farming co-ops and individual farmers. CIKAR is located in Rumonge, Burundi.

Market Opportunity/ Problem

Burundi faces severe shortages of cooking oil and bathing soap. The Burundian Ministry of Agriculture estimated the national deficit in vegetable oils at around 80%. So, CIKAR was founded to increase the availability of good quality cooking oil and soaps made in Burundi.

Company Information

Years of operation


Type of organization

Private Company

Stage of the business

Early stage/ Startup

Agribusiness focus

Value addition/ processing

Agriculture value chain(s) focus?

Cash Crops

Primary country of operation


Other country(ies) of operation

Tanzania, Congo, and Rwanda

How many employees does your business have?


Does the business have more than 30% women ownership?


Does the business have more than 30% youth ownership (under 35 years)?


Financing and expansion overview

How much capital is the company currently fundraising (US$)?


What is the split between equity and debt?

80% equity, 20% debt
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