His purchase of a 6 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester fits that trend. He plans to use the system to process his animal manure into potent organic fertilizer for his maize, oatmeal, squash, and beans, turning waste into a valuable resource. Additionally, Florentino’s family will benefit from the biogas generated by his system in the kitchen and in the bathroom, displacing the expensive and non-renewable LP gas they currently use to cook meals and heat bathwater.
This Kiva loan represents 51% of the total cost of their Sistema Biobolsa biodigester.
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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.
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