Alice is an elderly widow who lives in a small village in the outskirts of Thika town. She helps support a family of seven, including four grandchildren. Alice has borrowed a loan from VEP to install a biogas plant to replace her existing energy sources from firewood, charcoal, and paraffin with biogas, which is a cleaner and cheaper source of energy.
With her biodigester, Alice will treat her five dairy cows' waste. This waste treatment is not only cleaner and safer than other methods, but it will also generate enough fuel for cooking and lighting, allowing Alice to save approximately 1,500 Kenyan Shillings that she currently spends per month to buy charcoal and paraffin.
These savings, plus income from selling milk, will allow her pay off the loan and take care of her family. With a biodigester she will also practice organic agriculture using the bioslurry and will consequently increase her crop production.
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About Visionary Empowerment Programme
Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to build their own enterprises through microfinance, training and other development services. In addition to providing loans to groups of borrowers, it works with established organizations to encourage installation of biogas digesters, solar energy products, clean cooking stoves and other technologies that reduce costs, poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.