Johnson is married with two children, one in high school and the other in primary school. He and his wife practice dairy farming, from which they earn income to cater for their needs and for their children's school fees. They are able to sell approximately 50 liters of milk to a local processing plant. In addition, they rear a few bulls for sale.
Every month Johnson and his family spend approximately $22 on firewood, $14 on charcoal, and $17 on electricity. Then he learned that he could save money on fuel by constructing a biodigester.
Being a member of VEP, he has been advanced a loan for the biodigester materials and construction, which is done by a VEP mason. With the biodigester he will be able to save at least $40 per month on fuel, as he will not need to buy firewood and charcoal, and his electricity bill will decrease because he will also use the biogas for lighting.
Johnson's life will improve as these savings can be used to start up other income-generating projects as well as facilitate repayment of the loan.
The slurry, a byproduct of biogas, will be very helpful in growing fodder for his animals so he will not have to spend money on buying fertilizer as well.
He is really grateful that he is able to build a biodigester that he could not afford without a credit facility.
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About Visionary Empowerment Programme
Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to build their own enterprises through microfinance, training and other development services. In addition to providing loans to groups of borrowers, it works with established organizations to encourage installation of biogas digesters, solar energy products, clean cooking stoves and other technologies that reduce costs, poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.