A loan of $1,200 helped to construct a biodigester.

Margaret Waithira's story

Margaret is a mother living in Makomboki, Muranga county in Central Kenya. She is a mother of four, two of whom are in high school and two in college. She is a farmer who raises six dairy cows and also harvests bananas, which she sells in the market.

Margaret currently uses both firewood and charcoal for cooking, and every month she buys a sack of charcoal at $14 per bag. She also buys kerosene for lighting for $0.50 per day. This is a huge expense for her, and she would greatly benefit from a biodigester, which would allow her to generate significant savings over time. She would like to divert these savings to educate all her children through college.

She would like a Kiva loan to construct a biodigester, which she will repay in installments through her savings and loan group. With the biogas she will have enough fuel for cooking and lighting. She will use the money saved on fuel, along with the profit from the sale of milk and bananas, to repay this loan.

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