Total loan: $500


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Githunguri, Kiambu County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester to cook with biogas and help the environment.

Joseph's story

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

Now Joseph is planning to invest in a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to eliminate the use of firewood. The system will not only replace firewood for cooking but also, by using the biodigester, the family will be able to turn the cow manure that is 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 Joseph having to spend more on petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers.

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

This loan represents 63 per cent of the full price of the biodigester. The remaining part is covered by a cash down payment and a government subsidy.