Total loan: $775

Chelanga 't

Sotik, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester to reduce her farm’s costs and improve the environment.

Chelanga 't's story

Chelanga 't is a farmer in Sotik and has 5 cows. She lives with 5 family members, and the money earned from the farm is the main source of income to support her family.

Chelanga 't is currently spending too much money on the propane required to power her home for cooking and hot water. Her 12 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester will allow her 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 Chelanga 't use the biogas to cook and heat bathwater for her family, but also Chelanga 't will use the biofertilizer from the biodigester to increase yields on her crops. With this biofertilizer, she will no longer have to resort to expensive, petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers.

This loan represents 65% of the total cost of the biodigester; the remaining part is covered by a government subsidy.