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Jun 14, 2016 9:54 AM ET

Archived: Costa Rica: A loan of $700 helps Jorge to produce renewable energy from his cows´ waste.

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 14, 2016




San Ramón, Costa Rica / Cattle



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Jorge’s story

Jorge is a 47 years old Costa Rican farmer that lives with his wife and 2 sons. Since he was a child has lived among cows and pastures in San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica, a rural area with great views of the Pacific coast focused on agriculture and farming.

He owns a dairy where he feeds, takes care and milk his 20 cows to obtain the milk he needs to produce the cheese he sells to his neighbors in local businesses. He is very excited about building the biodigestor because he will not only save money from not having to use fossil fuels but also produce cheese in an eco-friendly way.

Jorge hopes the biodigestor will bring him multiple benefits to his farm and will improve his family´s quality of life. In order to implement the project he is asking for this loan. He will also invest in a roof to protect it and will encourage other farmers in his community to transform animals´ waste in a useful resource.





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This loan is special because:

It gives farmers a green energy alternative.


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More about this loan

This loan provides borrowers with biodigesters systems to transform livestock waste into biogas and ecologic fertilizer. Using biogas for cooking reduces the need for firewood and reduces the emission of CO2, benefiting the environment and the family’s health. By supporting this loan, you help Costa Rican farmers improve the quality of life for their families.

About Viogaz:

Viogaz is a social enterprise that produces and distributes biodigesters designed to fit the needs of small to medium scale farmers in Costa Rica. Biodigesters help increase energy efficiency, and Viogaz provides both the product and technical assistance to farmers. Viogaz loans on Kiva will provide farmers with the funds to buy the biodigesters, and pay for installation and any technical assistance needed.


A loan of $700 helps Jorge to produce renewable energy from his cows´ waste.




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