Sistema Biobolsa (legal name: Buen Manejo del Campo) manufactures and distributes small-scale, affordable biodigester systems that transform livestock waste into organic fertilizer for crops and biogas for cooking, heat and electricity.  

The company believes that small, sustainable farms are the key to food security and economic prosperity in rural areas. To support these farmers, Sistema Biobolsa not only sells its equipment, it also trains rural families on how to use the biodigesters in order to process their waste and create energy.  

Sistema Biobolsa offers a loan program to help farmers spread out their payments for biodigesters over a period of six or more months, allowing the system to “pay for itself” during the repayment period. These 0% interest loans are valuable to rural families that could never otherwise afford the high upfront costs of biodigesters, no matter how much they might save in the long run. Kiva loans provide a source risk-tolerant, flexible capital to help these farmers purchase Sistema Biobolsa equipment.

Sistema Biobolsa saves farmers money by replacing costly sources of energy and damaging chemical fertilizers. After loans are repaid, these savings continue. This financing program is promoted through local education programs that also teach farmers how to install and maintain their biodigesters.

Sistema Biobolsa provides several other distinct benefits:

1) Better health: Biogas displaces wood fuel for cooking, reducing exposure to indoor air contamination -- a major cause of respiratory health issues and the related deaths of millions of women and children worldwide.

2) Cleaner drinking water: Both animal waste and chemical fertilizers increase nitrogen and organic loading in drinking water and local watersheds, a source of enteric diseases and other health issues. Biodigesters provide a waste treatment solution that displaces these fertilizers.

3) Improved productivity: Biogas provides a free source of energy that allows farmers to diversify their products by making other goods like cheese and yogurt. High volumes of organic fertilizers produced by biodigesters also allow them to improve crop productivity while reducing expenses.

4) Quality of life: Biodigesters consume and contain livestock waste, eliminating unpleasant odors and insects.

5) Environmental sustainability: In general, biodigesters cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, prevent watershed contamination, and reduce deforestation.

When aggregated, these benefits can have a major positive impact on whole communities, regions -- and even globally.

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.

Kiva HelpRepayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 4, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $223,350 $538,432,075
Amount of Raised Inactive Loans $0 $319,600
Number Of Raised Inactive Loans 0 243
Amount of Paying Back Loans $138,400 $110,295,425
Number Of Paying Back Loans 94 113,938
Amount of Ended Loans $84,950 $427,817,050
Number Of Ended Loans 73 549,600
Delinquency Rate 2.36% 3.35%
Amount In Arrears $2,260 $2,392,132
Outstanding Portfolio $95,680 $71,413,577
Number of Loans Delinquent 11 10,630
Default Rate 0.00% 1.01%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $4,334,868
Amount of Ended Loans $84,950 $427,817,050
Number Of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 14,050
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.06%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $298,028
Refund Rate 0.40% 0.82%
Amount of Refunded Loans $900 $4,417,000
Number Of Refunded Loans 1 4,864

Kiva HelpLoan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans To Women Entrepreneurs 14.88% 74.09%
Average Loan Size $1,335 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $1,335 $656
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,813
Average Number Of Entrepreneurs Per Group 0 8
Average GDP Per Capita (PPP) in Local Country $11,249 $3,463
Average Loan Size / GDP Per Capita (PPP) 11.87% 12.05%
Average Time To Fund A Loan 1.25 days 5.29 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,071.57 $78.96
  Average Loan Term 9.33 months 10.05 months

Kiva HelpJournaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 70 268,567
  Journaling Rate 77.65% 42.09%
  Average Number Of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.09
  Average Number Of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 2.06

Kiva HelpBorrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2011 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI Peers in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield N/A N/A 34.93%
  Profitability (Return on Assets) N/A N/A -1.11%
  Average Loan Size (% of Per Capita Income) N/A 3.30% 42.70%

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