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Alejandro, a young Tlaxcalteca farmer pictured here with his beautiful daughters, grows a variety of different crops on his small plot. His family's primary source of income comes from the plants they grow and sell, and the animals they raise. Alejandro is excited about acquiring his 10 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester because it will help him better take advantage of the abundant animal waste on-site. The digester will treat the manure through anaerobic digestion, providing Alejandro and his family with renewable, methane-rich biogas fuel and potent biofertilizer. The biogas will be used to displace the expensive, fossil-fuel derived propane the family currently uses to cook and heat bathwater, using the biogas burners included in the Sistema Biobolsa kit. Alejandro will apply the biofertilizer to his fields, improving soil quality and crop yield without having to resort to petroleum-based agrochemical fertilizers. The digester will help him and his family save money and reduce their farm's environmental impact. This loan represents 48% of the total cost of Alejandro's Biobolsa and biogas stove.

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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
  • 59
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,006,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.3
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Alejandro to purchase a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester and biogas stove.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jan 29, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2015