Annie is a farmer from Kenya's Kiambu County, and she joined VEP through her group called the Think Self Help Group. She has been saving money successfully, and through VEP training she became interested in constructing a biodigester, as it will save her additional money on energy expenditures.
She has a family of seven, but she only resides with her husband and a grandchild. She owns cows and sells their milk within her community and to a dairy farm near her home. Her husband is a casual laborer at a nearby tea factory. If Annie receives this loan, it will drastically improve her lifestyle, and her energy savings will allow her to comfortably 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.