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Mirriam Wairimu
Mirriam is a dairy farmer in Komo Village in Kiambu county, which is located in central Kenya. She is married with six children who all attend school. Mirriam employs several workers and owns 25 dairy cows, which produce enough milk to supply two local schools and her neighbours. She wants to construct a biodigester to process her cows' waste and produce a cheaper, cleaner source of fuel.

Mirriam and her employees have been using firewood, charcoal, and paraffin for cooking and lighting. She has also been using diesel fuel to chaff cut the animal feed.

She intends to replace these fuel sources with biogas, which both she and her workers will be able to use for cooking, lighting, and chaff cutting.

The slurry from the biogas will also save her the cost of buying fertilizer and increase her crop production.
Proceeds from her milk sales and increased crop production will be used to repay the loan.

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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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 783
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,695,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.8
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Mirriam Wairimu to construct a biodigester for cooking and lighting.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 6, 2014