A loan of $5,725 helped a member to construct a Bio-Digester.

Ndiko Blessed Group's story

Ndiko Blessed Group is a young group started in early 2013 by cousins. The cousins belong to a large extended family where they share a big piece of land inherited through generations. Each one of them is married with school-going children, and has two acres of land to till for their sustenance.

Emily is the elder one among them (second from right). She has four children in primary school, and she and her husband are farmers. Tea is their main source of income but they also grow maize, beans, potatoes, and vegetables for their food. They also have three dairy cows, a few goats, and traditional chicken for their food and milk as well. Income from tea and sale of milk is used for their family needs, and the little saving they put aside in the group account helps them get a credit from VEP.

Emily and her cousins have been partnering with VEP with an aim of benefiting from the biogas project that will enable them to save money spent on buying charcoal and kerosene, while also saving them the time and energy spent collecting firewood.

They appreciate that their lives will improve by having biogases constructed for them since they will also have smoke-free kitchens. Emily is happy that with biogas, she can use the time previously used for collecting firewood, to have a family time.

With the biogas, her children and husband will be able to warm their food even in her absence without waiting for her to come and light the fire. This will make her work easier and her family will enjoy the convenience.

Bio-slurry will be an added advantage in that they will not have to buy fertilizer anymore. With this, there is no doubt their crop production will increase and this will ensure food security for her family.

In this group: Emily, Teresiah, Pauline, Alice, Monicah

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