A loan of $7,025 helped to buy a 200 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester and biogas stove.


Filiberto's story

Filiberto, a hog farmer in the state of Morelos, learned about biodigesters in the United States where he worked on farms with industrial-sized systems. There, he saw the massive benefits of the technology in terms of effective waste treatment and energy production. Until now, though, the initial costs were too high for him to invest in a system for his relatively small farm. With Biobolsa focusing on micro and small-sized farms, he can now access the technology on an appropriate scale and accessible price; he didn't have $1 million to spend on an industrial-scale digester but this Kiva loan will help him pay off this loan, representing just over 33% of his 200 cubic meter Sistema Biobolsa digester. This system will treat his animal waste, generating significant amounts of renewable energy - enough to eliminate fossil fuel energy sources on his farm. Moreover, this treatment process will allow all of the animal waste produced on-site to either be used as bio-fertilizer or meet water discharge standards enforced by the Mexican governmental institutions responsible for water quality standards. This is a huge improvement over his current situation; before the installation, his farm has been discharging raw, untreated waste, polluting the environment and causing major health concerns. This digester will help Filiberto reduce his farm's ecological impact, improve his relationship with his neighbors, and concurrently reduce his operating costs.



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