Total loan: $25,000
Querétaro, Qro., Mexico / Transportation
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A loan helped to equip 75 taxis with natural gas engines, thus reducing 2.6 tons of carbon emissions.
Irma (first picture) is one of the taxi drivers who has benefited from NatGas’ natural gas engines. Like many drivers, Irma is exposed to an unstable income and the cost of gasoline which directly affects her profits on a daily basis. By converting a taxi to natural gas, drivers like Irma and Mario (second pictured) can save MXN 9,280 pesos every month (approx USD 500) while reducing each car’s CO2 emissions by 2.2kg. With this loan, NatGas staff, such as Andrea & Guadalupe (3rd and 4th picture), plan to convert 75 cars to natural gas. This loan will help NatGas convert drivers' taxicabs at no upfront cost. Drivers will later repay with a portion of their savings from the cheaper cost of natural fuel -- so the more they drive, the greater their savings and the sooner they pay back the costs of the conversion. NatGas aims to generate approximately USD 600,000 in fuel savings for drivers and reduce CO2 emissions by 2.6 tons -- benefits that will continue to accrue to drivers long after the duration of the loan term. NatGas is a Mexican social enterprise that was founded on the idea that public transportation could be powered in a cleaner, cheaper and more efficient way. Launched In 2013 by Josue (last picture), NatGas converts vehicles by equipping them with bi-fuel gasoline/natural gas engines. It also operates compressed natural gas fueling stations that mainly service public transport vehicles such as taxicabs and buses as well as private fleets. The company has 4 service stations providing natural gas for over 1,800 clients in the cities of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi. Its main customers are public transportation drivers, particularly taxicab drivers. This loan was posted previously to Kiva, but did not fully fundraise so it’s been reposted for a smaller amount. Since it is post-disbursed, if it does not raise the funds, the borrower will not receive the loan.