My original objectives at the start of Piteba in 2005 have hardly been achieved so far. A hand driven oil press that allows you to earn more than average income in the poorest areas (more than $ 2000 / year) and reduce hunger. This should speak to everyone's imagination. But the target group may not have internet, no financial resources or encountered banking obstacles. And my impression is that many aid organizations rely on the demand from the countries concerned, as a result of which the oil press remains unknown and does not reach the desired target group. Unfortunately, it is also often assumed that making a profit is my only goal. But why could a small company like Piteba not only make a small profit itself and also contribute to sustainability and income improvement of others?
Worldwide, many oilseeds and nuts are grown or collected in nature. It is not always possible to press these seeds and nuts and if they do, these traditional processes do not deliver the highest quality oil. This is possible with the simple, small, robust Piteba oil mill. The pressed oil is of high quality and cold-pressed. Moreover, the amount of oil that can be pressed from a kilo is higher than that of the traditional presses and even higher than that of industrial presses. The Piteba press extracts between 75 and 85% of the oil from the seeds. That is about 15 to 20% more oil from the same seed. This of course means that 15 to 20% less seed (also less cultivation area) is needed for the same amount of oil. Pure profit. In addition, the presscake of edible seeds is also suitable for human consumption. In other cases, the residual pulp can be used as animal feed because so little oil remains in the presscake or is returned to the land and serves as fertilization or soil cover. In short: the seeds give a high yield of oil that is of good quality and can be consumed or sold immediately, and the presscake can also be used.