Alexander Chege and his wife were among the first farmers to install a biogas plant on their homestead in Kimende, Kiambu region of Kenya. Kimende is now a biogas ‘hub’ with over 50 clients already. Biogas is doing the Chege family really good, especially in terms of savings. The family of six used to spend a lot on charcoal before, as they needed to boil a lot of water for milking their cows, about twenty of them. They used to spend around Ksh 4,000 (€ 33) monthly on charcoal and other cooking fuels. Today, they only use biogas, which is reliable and plenty available.
Besides biogas, the bio-slurry is very useful. Before, they were using a lot of chemical fertilizer on commercial crops, up to Ksh 50,000 (€ 410) per season.
For the Chege family, the initial investment of around Ksh 75,000 (€ 615), exclusive of subsidy, is already recouped within a year. Income from milk and improved crop sales repaid their loan in a short period.