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Marcelo
Marcelo will use the biogas generated by his Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to produce cheese. A dairy farmer and cheese maker, Marcelo finds himself spending a lot of money on non-renewable LP gas due to the heat required in the production process. By using the biogas generated by his 12-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester he will reduce his costs and carbon footprint. With the same cow manure used to produce the biogas, he will get a potent biofertilizer to use on his alfalfa and maize crops. As a result, the biodigester will allow him to make cheese heated using biogas with milk from cows eating feed fertilized with their own processed manure – a web of sustainability.

This Kiva loan will help him cover 81% of the system price.

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More information about this loan

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

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $17,541,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.4
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,600 helped Marcelo to purchase a 12-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Aug 23, 2012
Listed
Jul 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Mar 27, 2013