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Charles

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Tharaka-Nithi, Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya / Agriculture

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


Charles's story

Charles is a farmer in Tharaka-Nithi and has eight cows. He lives with his family and the money earned from the farm is the main source of income to support them.

Charles is currently spending too much money on the propane required to power his home for cooking and hot water. His 16-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester will allow him to use the abundant cows manure on-site to produce biogas to replace the propane. The biodigester will transform the waste into two important resources: methane-rich, renewable biogas and potent biofertilizer.

Not only will Charles use the biogas to cook and heat bathwater for his family, but also Charles will use the biofertilizer from the biodigester to increase his crops. With this biofertilizer, he will no longer have to resort to expensive, petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers.

This loan represents 74% of the total cost of the biodigester; the remaining part is covered by a government subsidy.