Virginia is a single mother of two -- a boy and a girl -- living in Thika in Kiambu county. On her half-acre piece of land inherited from her family, she keeps three dairy cows from which she gets income after milk sales. She also has a small grocery shop to add to her income. Being a single mother she has to take responsibility of all the family needs like providing for school fees and food.
As a member of one of VEP's groups, she learned that she could save a lot of money used on buying charcoal and kerosene by using biogas for cooking and lighting. She has borrowed a loan to facilitate the construction of a biodigester, and the money saved will be used to grow her grocery shop as well as repay the loan.
She has also seen an opportunity where she will use some of the bio-slurry to grow fodder, and the remaining slurry she will pack in containers and sell to increase her income. With biogas, Virginia’s life will not be the same again.
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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.