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Benson Njuguna
Benson, who comes from Muranga County in Central Kenya, is a father of five: three girls and two boys. To feed his family, he practices dairy and tea farming on his one-acre piece of land. Benson has four cows from which he gets income after the sale of milk. He also uses the cow manure to grow his food crops but buys fertilizer for his tea farm.

Because his home area is very hilly, his wife and girls suffer a great deal walking up and down the hills to the nearest forest to collect wood. This takes the whole of their Saturday when they should be resting or having their family time since they have to collect enough firewood for the whole week. The big load that they have to carry makes them suffer from backaches and pains at their hip joints.

To empower this family, VEP advanced Benson a loan to construct a biodigester that will be sufficient for the family's fuel needs. With a biodigester the family will have enough energy for cooking and lighting, and this will transform their lives. The women will not suffer from drudgery and smoke-filled kitchens, and they will also have time to rest and share some family time.

Benson will also no longer need to buy fertilizer, as the bio-slurry will be enough for both his crop and tea farming.

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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.

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    Average annual income
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