A loan of $1,150 helped to construct a bio-digester.


Aggrey Kihara's story

Aggrey lives in central Kenya with his family of five. He is a farmer, and this is his main source of income. He has two acres of land on which he has planted tea, with only a small portion left for his homestead where he also has keeps ten zero-grazed cows, five pigs, and a number of chicken. Since his wife is a stay-at-home mum, Aggrey is the sole bread-winner and his money goes to all the family expenses and for children’s school fees. Aggrey has to buy firewood and LPG gas for cooking because his wife is not in a position to handle heavy tasks due to her health conditions, and the children are all in school so they do not have time to collect firewood. This is very expensive for Aggrey. With ten cows and five pigs, Aggrey can use a 12 m3 bio-digester to supply him and his family all the fuel they need for cooking, heating, and lighting. With the help of a credit from VEP, he has a bio-digester under construction. Aggrey's greatest joy is that his ailing wife will have the convenience of using cleaner, safer fuel and not have to suffer any more from a smoky kitchen. Aggrey will not also have to buy firewood and LPG gas, and with this money he will be able to repay the loan. The bio-slurry will also save him from buying fertilizer while still improving his crop production, especially fodder, and that will be an added advantage. Well fed livestock will add milk production and increase his income. The benefits with the biogas will give him a chain of advantages, improving his livelihood in the end.



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