Margaret is a wife and a mother of two girls. She is a dairy and poultry farmer with seven zerograzed cows and 300 chickens. This is her family’s source of income. It has been very expensive for her to rear the chickens since she has to use at least 10 liters of kerosine to light the rooms and two sacks of charcoal to keep the rooms warm and for her cooking needs as well. She also has to buy batteries for her torch every week as she wakes up at 04:00am to milk every day. Her farming has a lot of potential and can be very profitable if she could cut down some of her expenses.
By constructing a biodigester for her she would be able to reduce her fuel expenses by at least 90% by using the biogas to light and warm the chicken rooms and for her house for cooking and lighting. To produce the biogas she will use the chicken and cows' waste and after collecting the biogas she can pack the bioslurry in jerrycans and sell to other farmers or use it to grow fodder for her cows. With the biogas Margaret can be empowered to be an entrepreneur.
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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.