Xie Guo ‘An lives in the Jian Yang county in Sichuan Province. Xie, together with his wife and his grown-up son, work on the family’s fields and live in a traditional house, made with daub.

Since the installation of the digester, the family has been able to cook three meals per day using the biogas generated and was able to invest some of the money saved on fuels and fertilizers to invest in their agricultural activities.

  • Digester installed in 2011.
  • Reinvesting the money saved thanks to the digester into own farming activities
The household

The Xie’s family lives in the Jian Yang county, in the eastern part of the Sichuan province. The household comprises Xie, 62, his wife, 59 and a grown-up son.

The family sole occupation is farming. Two-mu land (13 acres) is used to cultivate chives which are sold. The rest of the land is used to cultivate vegetables and cereals which are for the family and livestock consumption. The livestock include one sow and piglets, chickens and ducks. The family has been using a mix of coal and wood for the cooking.

The family average annual income is 1,500 EUR.

The household and the programme

Xie Guo’An joined the programme in 2011. It took around three weeks to complete the construction of the digester and they spent a bit more than 120 EUR. The family has been able to reduce drastically the indoor pollution due to firewood combustion in the kitchen and they have had enough biogas to cook three meals per day. They also found the treated manure to be a very efficient fertilizer for the cultivated fields.

The digester not only provides us with a convenient cooking fuel, it also very useful in the treatment of the manure, by confining it and avoiding the manure to flow outside. We now have a much cleaner living environment and it doesn’t smell that much.

Xie and his wife have already been reinvesting the money saved since the installation of the digester to buy tools and crops needed for the agricultural activities.

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