Sistema Biobolsa, or Sistema.bio, produces biodigesters that convert livestock manure into usable energy. The cost of this product ranges from $400 to $4,000. Where individual farmers fall on that scale depends on the size and composition of their farm.
This technology can then power a stove or a modern electrical generator. Kiva helps some communities by offering two-year microloans that can pay off the investment.
The biodigesters have an expected lifespan of 30 years.
There Is No Waste – Only Resources
Some people flinch when the pungent smell of manure hits their nostrils. Farmers and entrepreneurs from Sistema Biobolsa detect something else: an opportunity.
Harvesting the biogas from the manure helps local farmers in a variety of ways. It keeps the property clean, reduces operating expenses, and improves the way of life for thousands of farmers in impoverished areas.
The company has already sold more than 3,000 biodigesters to farmers in Kenya. You can find their products available throughout Africa, Mexico, and other places in the world where agriculture is a significant part of a country’s economic profile.
Alex Eaton is the founder of this social enterprise that brings biogas to families. His goal is to ensure that the 2 billion farmers who need access to this product can produce biogas cheaply. This technology also allows the manure to transform into usable products for the fields.
It is such a profound invention that the company received two awards for its work at the 75th United Nations General Assembly.