Peanut butter fighting world hunger
Katherine Halliday, a 22-year-old business student from Killara, is fighting to put an end to world hunger, one peanut at a time.
With the help of her friends, family, and the support of the community (along with a few blenders), Katherine’s idea to combat world hunger became reality when she set up the company Kindred Foods mid-2020.
She established the business when she was just 21, after she was inspired by an article about the work of a charity that partners with Oxfam and the ‘amazing power of peanut butter’.
“I came across an article when I was meant to be studying for exams about a charity that was training women in developing countries to make peanut butter,” Katherine tells North Shore Living.
The article shared the story of women who were gaining skills in making the product, marketing and selling it.
“Natural peanut butter is high in protein, high in calories and nutrients, so it’s really good for fighting malnutrition,” Katherine explains.
The story motivated the self-professed ‘peanut butter lover’ to utilise this information to make a difference. Not only a difference in the local community, but for people across the world.
She began making peanut butter herself in her kitchen, working around her university studies.
Katherine says one batch takes around two hours to complete and this produces around 15-20 jars to sell locally. She then splits one hundred per cent of the profits between two global charities.
The first is the UN-supported World Food Program, which allows Katherine to support countries that are harder to access by non-governmental organizations (NGO). The second charity is One Acre Fund, who work with communities on a smaller scale, building solutions to poverty and hunger through smallholder training and financing.
As Katherine is studying business at university, it gave her the framework on how to create a company and be successful.
“There was a lot of trial and error and learning on the go,” she says.
“I think if you have an idea that you’re excited about and people that will support you, and you have the energy to put into solving the little problems that will come up, it’s pretty accessible to start.
“I’ve learned with Kindred that having a story that people can get behind, people are excited to come along and support you. It’s been really cool seeing how the community has been excited about supporting it and seeing it grow.”
Katherine says she has no concrete plans for the future of the business but hopes to be popping up at local markets around the Northern Beaches and the North Shore at Christmas time.
“I would love to go to markets. I love chatting to small business owners and local businesses at markets and I think Kindred could really thrive there,” she says.
“We are also looking to sell to some local food co-ops as well. I think it’s a great model for people here to get fresh food.
“I am really excited by how Kindred has grown, and I’ve learnt a lot from running it.”
With the help of the people around her, Katherine has been able fulfil her dreams of supporting a fantastic cause, using a vegan product everyone can get on board with.
“I was surprised and flattered that it was me and my small business that people were supporting, but I knew that ideas like this people do get passionate about,” she surmises.