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Total loan: $1,200

Rose Chemeli

Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya / Agriculture

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

Rose Chemeli's story

Rose Chemeli lives in Eldoret. She works hard to produce high quality vegetables. She also raises cows.

Currently, she finds herself spending excessive amounts on petroleum-based fertilizer, and the cost continues to increase. She also believes that the chemical fertilizer hurts the quality of her vegetables and worries about the impact of the chemicals on her local environment.

Rose Chemeli wants to reduce her operating costs and sees her investment in a 20 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester as an excellent opportunity. Using her biodigester, she will be able to turn the cow manure generated daily on her farm into biofertilizer and renewable energy. She will 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 used for her crops, improving both quality and yield without her having to spend more on petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers. The biogas will replace the propane she currently uses to cook and to heat bathwater for her family.

This loan represents 63% of the full price of the biodigester; the remaining part was covered by a cash down payment and a government subsidy.