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Jacobo will use his Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to save money and get along better with his neighbors. He’s a hog farmer who lives in an urbanized zone right next to the main church in his county. With his biodigestor, he will treat his pig waste, reducing or eliminating the odor and flies he and his neighbors currently deal with.

More importantly, he will dramatically reduce the amount of liquefied petroleum used to cook for the two families living in his home. By taking advantage of the biogas produced by his biodigester, Jacobo will save money and reduce his impact on the environment. He will also save money on fertilizer by using the organic fertilizer produced by his system.

This Kiva loan will help pay 80% of the system price.

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More information about this loan

Sistema Biobolsa is a distributor of small-scale, affordable biodigester systems that transform livestock waste into organic fertilizer for crops and biogas for cooking, heat and electricity. The company also provides farmers with education and financial assistance to help them use biodigesters to save money and improve their quality of life.

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.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit

Repayment Schedule Note - For loans listed after June 18, 2013.

Even though the repayment schedule for this loan indicates that all repayments are to be made at the end of the loan term, lenders should expect repayments to be made prior to this time. Biobolsa borrowers are expected to make repayments to lenders as savings are realized from the use of the biodigester. Because these savings can be irregular, seasonal and/or unpredictable, Biobolsa has marked this loan as an end of term repayment schedule to avoid having their borrowers show up as incorrectly delinquent throughout the term of the loan.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,549,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,675 helped Jacobo to purchase a 10-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 18, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 18, 2013