Lucy comes from Muranga in Central Kenya. She is married with two children, all in lower primary school. She shares a home with her mother-in-law, who has given her a portion of land to till and two dairy cows for her source of income. Every day she sells approximately eight liters of milk, and this money goes to supporting the family’s needs. Together with her husband, she also works as a casual laborer at a tea estate where she picks tea.
With their low income they cannot afford to buy LPG gas for cooking or install electricity in their home. so they rely on firewood for cooking and kerosene for lighting. This adds to her work of collecting pieces of wood along the way home from the tea farm.
Being a group member of VEP, she learned that her family can save money spent on buying kerosene and time spent on collecting wood by having a biodigester constructed for them. With her two cows and four from her mother in-law, she will have sufficient fuel for cooking and lighting for both her family and her mother-in-law.
She has taken a loan to facilitate the construction, and money saved from the purchase of kerosene and her income from milk sales will be used to repay the loan.
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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.