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Status update — July 24, 2015

After 43 months on Kiva and 454 loans fundraised, Sistema Biobolsa has graduated out of Kiva’s Experimental Partnership program and been given a risk rating of 1.5 stars. 

Partner description:

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.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 4, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $575,700 $975,604,775
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $454,250
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 219
Amount of Paying Back Loans $66,950 $147,820,250
Number of Paying Back Loans 49 184,624
Amount of Ended Loans $508,750 $827,330,275
Number of Ended Loans 531 1,040,061
Delinquency Rate 14.69% 8.14%
Amount in Arrears $4,660 $7,854,198
Outstanding Portfolio $31,722 $96,479,828
Number of Loans Delinquent 12 19,674
Default Rate 9.91% 1.39%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $50,401 $11,517,921
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 80 33,035
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 1.92% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $11,051 $4,428,499
Refund Rate 0.16% 0.61%
Amount of Refunded Loans $900 $5,970,900
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,987

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 18.87% 75.40%
Average Loan Size $992 $399
Average Individual Loan Size $992 $629
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,760
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $15,600 $5,874
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 6.36% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 1.94 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $512.64 $57.76
  Average Loan Term 9.02 months 11.13 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 146 509,580
  Journaling Rate 23.80% 41.50%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.02 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.16

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 74.00% PY 26.13% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 16.5% 1% -1.72%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 4.00% 16.60%

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