Total loan: $475


Tlaxcala, Tlax., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester to reduce his farm’s costs and expand his business.

Elpidio's story

Elpidio wants to safeguard the environment, as deforestation has become a menace in Tlaxcala where he and his family live, something that makes him distraught. He believes that the situation has resulted in very unpredictable weather patterns, which are affecting farmers in his community. The reducing land size is pushing farmers to clear more land for agricultural purposes and the situation is even further accelerated by the lack of affordable and sustainable energy sources.

Elpidio wants to install a Sistema.bio digester in order to stop relying on wood fuel and as a result safeguard forests. With his 16 cubic meter system, he will transform 15 cows' manure into a renewable and beautiful flame to cook. The biodigester will also produce an organic fertilizer to increase vegetable production in a sustainable way.

This loan represents 22% of the price of the biodigester; the remaining part is paid directly by Elpidio and a government subsidy.