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Guillermo Arturo
Guillermo, a Tlaxcalan hog farmer, believes in the importance of small, family-owned local farms - a group in danger of extinction. Guillermo faces two major hurdles - his production costs and complaints from his neighbors, as his farm is in a recently urbanized area.

His 10-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester will treat the large piles of pig manure he has on-site (pictured) to produce odor-free, potent biofertilizer and renewable, methane-rich biogas. The resulting displacement of fossil-fuel based agrochemical fertilizers and liquefied petroleum gas will save him money, and the elimination of piles of animal waste will dramatically reduce the flies and odors associated with hog farming. Concurrently, Guillermo will reduce his farm's environmental impact.

This loan represents 51% of the total cost of his Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.

Additional Information

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

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 70
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  • $19,636,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,275 helped Guillermo Arturo to purchase a 10-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 9, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2015