Total loan: $875


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Bomet Central, Bomet County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase a biodigester to improve his farm with sustainable technology.

Robert's story

Robert has 6 of children and lives in Bomet. He works producing quality vegetables and raising cows. Currently, he finds himself spending excessive amounts on petroleum-based fertilizer, and the costs continue to increase. He also believes that the chemical fertilizer hurts the quality of his vegetables and worries about the impact of the chemicals on his local environment.

Robert wants to reduce his operating costs and sees his investment in a 12-cubic-meter-Sistema Biobolsa biodigester as an excellent opportunity. Using his biodigester, he will be able to turn the cow manure generated daily on his farm into biofertilizer and renewable energy. He'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 his crops, improving both quality and yields without him having to spend more on petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers. The biogas will also replace the propane he currently uses to cook and to heat bathwater for his family.

This loan represents 65% of the full price of the biodigester; the remainder was covered by a cash down payment and a government subsidy.