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Yayasan Rumah Energi
Approved to post Kiva loans from: Indonesia
Yayasan Rumah Energi (YRE) is a program created by the international non-profit Hivos in Indonesia. YRE provides high quality biogas digesters to farmers in underserved regions of rural Indonesia. The program partners with local Construction Partner Organizations who are trained in installing and monitoring the biogas digesters. The Indonesian archipelago has over 17,000 island and many remote communities struggle to access affordable and convenient sources of energy. Biogas is a realistic solution for many farmers to obtain a renewable source of energy that can also increase family income by raising farm productivity.
YRE targets nine provinces in Indonesia, including West Java, Central Java, East java, Jogiakarta, Lampung, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi. YRE enables farmers to become energy independent, increases the fertility of the soil and land, and decreases chemical fertilizer use through the use of biogas digesters.
A unique lending approach:
Loans are made to groups of 5-10 cattle farmers who do not have the collateral necessary to borrow from other financial institutions. The loans will be offered to populations of farmers in remote areas of Indonesia where financial services are limited or non-existent.
Loans funds are used to help farmers pay for the construction of biogas digesters. The digesters range in size, depending on the farmer’s need, capacity to repay, and ability to feed the digester with cattle waste. The funds will help farmers pay for the materials and labor necessary to construct and install the digesters. All digesters are covered by a three-year warranty that protects farmers against faulty construction. Technicians make two visits per year to monitor the digesters and conduct any needed repairs.