Total loan: $1,525


Bureti, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester to transform his farm into a sustainable business.

John's story

John is a farmer in Bureti and has 15 cows. He lives with 10 family members, and the money earned from the farm is the main source of income to support his family.

John is currently spending too much money on the propane required to heat his cows and to power his home for cooking and hot water. His 30 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester will allow him to use the abundant cow manure on-site to produce biogas to replace propane. The biodigester will transform the "waste" into two important resources: methane-rich, renewable biogas and potent biofertilizer.

Not only will John use the biogas to heat his cows, cook and heat bathwater for his family, but also John will use the biofertilizer from the biodigester to increase yields on his crops. With this biofertilizer, he will no longer have to resort to expensive, petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers.

This loan represents 72% of the total cost of the biodigester; the remaining part is covered by a government subsidy.