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Maasai Pastrolist Cattle Slaughterhouse fights climate change in rural kenya- kajiado county



keekonyokie slaughterhouse company(KBL) is masai own investiment located in kiserian township on 4 acre plot . The main business is slaughterining beef cattle, sheep and goats supplied by pastrolists from Kajiado ,Narok and northern Tanzania. The business has grown from slaughtering 30 cattle per day in 2004 to processing average150 cattle per day in the recent five years. This has enabled pastarolists to get 30% more price on livestock compared to competing in formal markets. The slaughterhouse investment and associated services was built without external support, but community own-generated funds; for reasons of overcoming livestock marketing constrains and meat processing services that are faced by local masipastrolists .The investment promotes the development of indigenous meat enterprise that ensure fair trade and participation of all livestock market actors. The slaughtering operations are conducted with high level of hygiene and standards for safety, occupational health and environment. KBL slaughters on average on average 150 cattle per day and its bussiness emloy directly and indirectly 172 workers and 500 traders who operate livestock trade and meat trade at the abbattior.The abbattior provides livelyhood to more than 200,000 pastrolist families in kenya and north Tanzania However in recent years the slaughterhouse faced very serious enviromental challenges due to the large amounts of wastes generated by its slaughter process that has caused serious enviromental damage. 

Category of the action

Mitigation/Adaptation, Changing public attitudes about climate change

What actions do you propose?

Keekonyokie slaughterhouse is looking to package and sell excess biogas from its slaughterhouse operation to the local community. The slaughter house generates about 10 metric tonnes of waste. To manage the waste, the abattoir has constructed a biogas digester where it is channeled to produce gas. The biogas plant has a capacity of 450 m3 and can produce upto 600 m3 of biogas that is piped into a generator set. Currently, the biogas is used to generate electrical power for the meat cold room, meat processing equipment and hot water for sterilizing and washing the abattoir.

The plant currently produces excess gas which is sold to local institutions such as hotels. Keekonyoike is now looking to turn biogas into a portable energy source that is affordable to the local maasai community. Several prototypes to package excess gas have been tested including car tyres, which proved hazardous. Keekonyokie is now developing a new innovative product that involves packaging the biogas in a gas cylinder that could be refilled after use.

This gas cylinder provides a cheaper option to LPG gas and an alternative to charcoal, obtained from cutting down of trees. In addition to biogas, the plant produces 10 tonnes of bioslurry every day. This provides a good alternative to expensive chemical fertilizer.

Who will take these actions?

government: Keekonyoike has received overwhelming support from the county government of Kajiado which has licenced the slaughterhouse to package biogas in conjunction with green energy africa.

the national government through the ministry of energy has acknowleged the poduction of biogas and President Uhuru has showed keen interest in the project and pledged his governments support at Strathmore university on the 10th of June,2015

green energy africa has secured outlets distribution points at all Nakumatt, Tuskys and Naivas Supermarkets as points of sale.

 an oversight role is being done by KIRDI nad CIC on implementation of the production and packaging of biogas in keekonyoike slaughterhouse 

Where will these actions be taken?

the production of keeko biogas will be done in the country kenya(a developing county in eastern africa whose capital city is Nairobi), in a county known as Kajiado County, in a ward called Keekonyoike Ward hence the name of the slaughterhouse.

What are other key benefits?

 Economic: Packing and selling bio gas for household consumption at proposed large scale is a fairly new innovation in Kenya. Existing biogas plants are mainly on-site used for domestic use by those who can afford to own cattles. This particular innovation has the ability to revolutionalize the whole biogas energy sector in Kenya and beyond

Environmental: Innovation will be an great effort to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere Methane gas generated by decomposition of the organic matter is major contributor of adverse climate change problems. Harnessing and utilising methane for household energy use will have multiple benefits of reducing emissions to the atmosphere, saving trees from charcoal burning while alleviating household energy poverty. 

Gender perspective: Provision of household energy is mainly responsibility of women from the bussiness estimates the innovation will help each household to save $8 from opting to buy biogas

What are the proposal’s costs?

2 BIOGAS PLANT ABATTOIRS (digesters & slurry tank)-108,571.43

2 GENSETS -32,892.77



MODIFICATION IN SLAUGHTERHOUSE ( drainage channels)-10,000.00





Time line

the implementation of this project is underway, the slaughterhouse is in operation and the biogas packaging is about to begin. the essence of this proposal is to enable both green energy africa nad the slaughter house increase production to large scale basis in order to be able to become a self sustaining enterprise.

in 5-15 years, we hope to package &supply biogas consistently to all major cities in kenya while doing avid marketing to create a brand and change the mindset of the consumers and eventually be the pioneer biogas distributor in the whole country and east africa(50-100 years)

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