Total loan: $1,575

Juan Manuel

Estado de México, Méx., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester for a healthy cooking experience.

Juan Manuel's story

Juan Manuel is worried about his wife’s health; every day she cooks with firewood and inhales the smoke. Juan Manuel and his wife went to the doctor because she started to feel sick. The doctor told her that she needed to stop cooking with firewood, but that is the only source of energy that they can afford.

Juan Manuel now is planning to invest in a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to eliminate wood. The system will not only replace firewood for cooking; using their biodigester, the family will be able to turn the cows' manure generated daily on the farm into biofertilizer and renewable energy. He'll feed the system with manure and through a process of anaerobic digestion, the waste will be transformed into methane-rich, potent organic fertilizer and biogas. With their savings on firewood and fertilizers, they will be able to buy more cows and expand his local business of corn production.

This loan represents 62% of the full price of the biodigester; the remaining part was covered by a cash down payment and a government subsidy.