A loan of $1,175 helped to construct a biodigester.

Morrison Gatumu's story

Morrison is a father of four, one boy and three girls, and a grandfather of three. Two of his children are still in high school but the older two girls dropped out due to lack of school fees and now live with him and their children. The family depends on their 3-acre piece of land for agriculture and dairy farming to get income for their basic needs. Morrison, who is the head of the family, has to educate his two children in school as well as help take care of his 3 grandchildren from the little that comes out of his farming business.

Through hard work, he has bought 3 dairy cows with an earlier Mifugo loan advanced to him by Visionary Empowerment Programme and from these he is able to sell at least 20 liters of milk per day at about 25 US cents, making around $140 per month. For the last 6 months he has also been using composting to grow vegetables for sale and makes an extra $23.

However, a big percentage of this money goes into purchase of fuel which he can save by using renewable energy. By having a biodigester constructed for him, he can save at least $16 spent every month on charcoal, $35 spent on kerosene, and the drudgery his wife and girls endure while searching for firewood. With the bioslurry, he can also improve his agriculture by using higher quality manure, hence increasing his crop production and in the end increasing his income. The increased income and the savings from fuel purchase will enable him repay the loan and have an improved lifestyle for himself and his family.

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