A loan of $3,525 helped a member construct a bio-digester.

Women Of Grace Kihumbuini Group's story

Grace, Lilian, and Esther are neighbors. They come from the county of Murang’a in central Kenya. Being members of one of the groups benefiting from credit offered by VEP, the women have previously received water tank loans, a Mifugo (livestock) loan, and a school-fees loan, among others. This time they approached VEP for bio-gas credit that could enable them to construct bio-digesters to provide them with fuel for cooking and lighting.

Grace, standing on the right with a beaded necklace, has been a farmer for over ten years. However, she had no knowledge of the benefits she could reap from the animal waste/manure her farming produced, and has all along struggled with kerosene, charcoal, and wood. She only learned about bio-gas a year ago through a training conducted by VEP in their group, and she decided to take up the project once she completed repaying her earlier loans. Her wish is to have a smoke-free kitchen, cleaner cooking pots free from soot, and no stress from collecting wood or buying charcoal and kerosene. She says with the bio-gas, her husband will not mind warming his own meal when she is not around, unlike previously when he would stay hungry until she returned from work.

The women will also be trained on how to practice organic farming, hence improving and increasing their crop yields as a way of ensuring food security. Money saved from the purchase of charcoal and kerosene will be added to that earned from the sale of milk to enable their repayment of the loan.

In this group: Grace Wambui, Lilian Wanjiru, Esther Njeri

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