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Juan is a Tlaxcalan dairy producer looking to reduce the amount of money he spends on fossil-fuel derived liquefied petroleum gas. The ever-rising costs make it harder for him and his family to pay for the fuel they use to cook and heat their bathwater. With his 6-cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester, Juan will be able to process the abundant cow waste generated daily into biogas and biofertilizer. With this free, renewable source of energy and biofertilizer, he will be able to improve the economics of his small farm, allowing him and his family to continue the tradition for at least another generation. This loan represents 51% of the total cost of his Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.

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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
  • 58
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Juan to purchase a 6 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 19, 2013
Oct 6, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2015