Total loan: $500


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Londiani, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase a biodigester to power his farm with biogas and stop cutting trees.

Joel's story

Joel is worried about his wife’s health, because every day she cooks with firewood and inhales the smoke. Joel and his wife went to the doctor because she started to feel sick, and the doctor told her that she needed to stop cooking with firewood but that is the only source of energy that they can afford.

Joel now is planning to invest in a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to eliminate wood. The system will not only replace firewood for cooking but using their biodigester, the family will be able to turn the cow manure generated daily on the farm into biofertilizer and renewable energy. They'll feed the system with manure and through a process of anaerobic digestion, the organic waste will be transformed into methane-rich, renewable, potent organic fertilizer and biogas. The biofertilizer will be applied to the crops, improving both quality and yields without him having to spend more on petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers.

With their savings in firewood and fertilizers they will be able to buy more cows and expand his local business of milk production.

This loan represents 64% of the full price of the biodigester; the remaining part was covered by a cash downpayment and a government subsidy.