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When Silviano installs his new Sistema Biobolsa biodigester, the family will be able to produce thousands of liters of organic fertilizer per week for their orchards and greenhouses, treat their animal waste, and produce biogas for use in the kitchen. Silviano has spent his life integrating family farming techniques that encourage strong bonds to "Mother Earth", and with the use of a biodigester he can further increase these bonds within his family's "productive circle".

His son Eric, an agricultural engineer, teaches local individuals with developmental disorders how to take care of animals and crops in addition to tending to the family farm. Hortencia, Eric's wife, is an industrial engineer who also maintains the farm.

Silviano is a leader in his community and has always stressed the importance of using sustainable farming techniques, publishing editorials that encourage his community to implement vegetable gardens, small chicken coops, and other small-scale production methods. He has seen the effects of climate change within his community and wants to use and encourage technologies that will help farmers grow crops and raise animals while minimizing their impact on the environment.

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Sistema Biobolsa is a distributor of small-scale, affordable biodigester systems that transform livestock waste into organic fertilizer for crops and biogas for cooking, heat and electricity. The company also provides farmers with education and financial assistance to help them use biodigesters to save money and improve their quality of life.

Sistema Biobolsa’s loan program began in early 2011, built on the fact that economic savings made possible by biodigesters could be used to pay back loans. However, because the company’s core business is not microfinance -- and because its partnership with Kiva is unique and unprecedented -- Kiva is unable to assign it a risk rating.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit

Repayment Schedule Note - For loans listed after June 18, 2013.

Even though the repayment schedule for this loan indicates that all repayments are to be made at the end of the loan term, lenders should expect repayments to be made prior to this time. Biobolsa borrowers are expected to make repayments to lenders as savings are realized from the use of the biodigester. Because these savings can be irregular, seasonal and/or unpredictable, Biobolsa has marked this loan as an end of term repayment schedule to avoid having their borrowers show up as incorrectly delinquent throughout the term of the loan.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 95
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,574,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.7
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,350 helped Silviano to purchase a 12 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 25, 2012
May 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2013