The group of 40 women has constructed six biogas digesters of 6 cubic meter capacity for 8 households. These can light two lamps and two stoves. The households have 8 members on average.
“Before the biogas I used a bundle of firewood daily costing 5,000 shs and 300 milliliters of paraffin costing 1,500 shs,” said Ms. Zipporah Wamoto, the chairperson of the group. “Now I use only one bundle of firewood a week and 300ml of paraffin lasts a week.” She adds, “I don’t cut trees as often as I used to. We use the slurry in our plantation as fertilizer. Money is used to do other things like pay school fees.”
“It is cleaner, easier and faster to cook, especially boiling tea,” said another beneficiary. “My husband can now boil his own water for bathing and his tea. He was skeptical when I brought up the idea of biogas but today he likes it and is the one who feeds the digester with cow dung. I can cook tea and entertain my guests at the same time without smelling of smoke.”
Namasho Women Group is in the process of giving out 6,000 tree seedlings of grevalia and mango to 100 households.
Environmental and socio-economic benefits
- The families with biogas are now using less firewood and say they are cutting down fewer trees.
- The slurry is a high quality fertilizer and fodder for animals.
- There is a decrease in respiratory illnesses and eye infections that are caused by smoke from firewood and tadooba.
- Homes are more hygienic