Total loan: $650


Bomet, Bomet County, Kenya / Agriculture

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

Betcy's story

Betcy plans to use a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to eliminate wood, fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers from her farm. She lives in Kericho with four family members, including parents. She supports her family with income from her two cows and from her annual vegetable yield.

Betcy wastes time chopping wood to burn for cooking and heating bathwater, and also worries about the air quality for her family. With the biodigester, she will transform her cows' manure into renewable energy (biogas) and organic fertilizer. As she starts putting the animal waste into the biodigester, bacteria will convert it into both biogas for cooking and nutrient-rich fertilizer that Betcy will apply on her vegetable field. All of this will enable her to increase her yield, eliminate the need to chop wood, and use the money she used to spend on fossil fuels and chemical fertilizer to invest in buying additional cows.

With this Kiva loan, Betcy will realize her dream of making her farm economically and environmentally sustainable in order to continue the generations-old tradition of farming in Kericho.

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