Rural families in Kenya have traditionally relied on wood fired cook stoves. Burning wood produces harmful, indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Rural women and children, who are often tasked with cooking and collecting firewood, have been prone to eye and respiratory illnesses due to woodfire fumes. Meanwhile, farmers have struggled to dispose of animal waste in ways that are environmentally friendly and sanitary.
Turning animal waste into renewable biogas solves these age old problems. The project installs different size biogas plants suited for rural households and small to medium farms. Manure is then mixed with water and fermented in the digester the project installs, which produces biogas. One pipe takes the biogas to a stove and the other releases a powerful bio fertilizer that can be used on farms. The project provides no interest loans and payment plans to accommodate low income families.
The Sistema Biogas project saves approximately 171, 000 tonnes of co2 each year. We also love how the project improves people’s health and living conditions. Thanks to this project, 1000+ households now have access to affordable, clean energy and people are less likely to suffer from eye and respiratory illnesses.
Installing a biogas digester helps Kenyan communities become agents of change in gaining control of their energy supply. This project is great for the Kenyan economy in generating an increase of 120 local jobs. Replacing wood fired stoves with biogas removes the need to cut down forests; this is great for climate action because trees naturally absorb co2 to survive. Converting animal waste into biogas also improves community health and hygiene through eliminating waste accumulation.
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