Gladys is a single mother of two girls in secondary school living in Kirinyaga county in central Kenya. She has a coffee and tea farm and also practices dairy farming. She has three cows from which she sells around 20 liters of milk per day.
Her farm income is used for her children's school fees and for their daily needs. Because she does not have electricity at home, she uses kerosene for light and firewood and charcoal for cooking. These fuel expenses cost her approximately $57 per month.
To save her this amount of money, VEP recommended that she install a biodigester at her home. The biodigester will produce gas that she will use for cooking and lighting. After receiving training, she took a loan, and a biodigester is now under construction at her home.
Gladys and her family will have a better life free from the drudgery of collecting firewood and using smoky kitchens.
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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.