Most people are familiar with One Horizon’s pig farming program which is changing the lives of Kenyan grandmas and their families.
But another aspect of this program is the installation of bio gas systems. This is literally blowing people away.
The big winners are the environment and the grandmas.
Bio gas systems serve a number of great purposes, including the following:
- Pig manure from the farm is put into the balloon (converter) which saves polluting ground water supplies.
- The converter produces a high quality organic fertiliser as well as cooking and heating fuel for the grandmas’ families.
- Obviously without a source of fuel, most families resort to foraging for firewood in the middle of the night or burning charcoal. But with bio gas, there is no need to cut down trees or use charcoal, which has severe health implications. The government correctly discourages families from cutting down precious forest.
On many fronts, bio gas is an absolute winner. The number of requests we get from people wanting to come and have a look is astonishing. With the drought over, we are now in full forward mode to install bio gas systems held up by the lack of water.
Come and see for yourself as it will amaze you. It’s one of our sustainable programs that involves travellers funding pigs, and ultimately the bio gas systems, when they join us on our One Horizon people safaris.
As one of our guests, Richard from the USA, remarked:
To build and maintain our community together … and solve them together. One of the finest examples of this principle in action is demonstrated by these amazing ladies in Kenya who were once poor but, through a One Horizon program , learned to be successful entrepreneurs raising pigs to provide for their families and pay for their grandchildren’s school education. They are truly inspiration for us all!
Or Bianca Caruana, a leader in responsible tourism writing in her online publication The Altruistic Traveller said:
This is a wonderful example of how sustainable tourism changes lives.