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  • With a new loan of EUR 300,000 Sistema will empower 600 families in India, creating value from waste to power their agribusiness with renewable energy (only available for Dutch investors).

    24 months
    6 months
    Maturity24 months
    Repayments6 months
      Fully funded in 20 days on 12 February 2023.

      The project



      Summary is a Mexican social enterprise that has been operating since 2010. We manufacture, sell, distribute, install, and finance high-quality biodigesters as turnkey packages for small-scale farmers. Our mission is to create value from waste all around the world: renewable energy (biogas) and organic fertilizer.

      The problem: smallholder farmers produce almost 80% of the worldwide food. However, they are also the population that faces important barriers such as climate change, soil degradation and lack of access to financial services to improve their lives. 

      The solution: biodigesters and full wrap-around service allow farmers to benefit from what used to be a problem (manure) to transform it into renewable energy. The digester also is a waste management system and contributes to eliminating pollution spots and reducing greenhouse gases. In that way, farmers can cook without smoke, avoiding pulmonary diseases, and also increase the productivity of their farms with organic fertilizer. has a holistic approach to address poverty, food security, and climate change, we work through three axes: technology, capacity building and financing. This solution allows us to solve problems efficiently and end the circle of disadvantages that previously seemed impossible to break, to create a more sustainable, equitable and empathic world without waste. 

      The project

      Our goal is to ensure that our clients reap all the possible benefits from their digester by ensuring long-term adoption and strong return on investment.

      How do we do this? Our approach consists of 6 steps:

      With their loan, farmers can pay the system with the savings they are making in fertilizer, wood, charcoal or LP gas; allowing them to pay for the whole system and service within 9-10 months on average, maximizing their return on investment.

      With a loan will be able to manufacture and export 600 bio-digesters from our manufacturing plant in Mexico to our clients in India. After the half-day installation provided by, farmers will start displacing fossil fuels, powering their farms with renewable energy and increase their crop production with organic fertilizer. The loan will also boost our operations in india where we have already created 40 jobs in the local communities.

      The loan addresses the gap between the moment the biodigester is produced and the moment it is installed and paid by small farmers. Each euro we´re going to receive from Lendahand community will cover the cost of manufacturing, shipping and installing biodigesters ordered by our Indian clients. Once the biodigester is ready to be used, after an approximate 6-month cycle, our client pays it. Therefore, the euro lent by Lendahand to is given back to the community.



      ●       Social Business of the year, 2010 Businesses in Development (BiD Network)

      ●       Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow

      ●       Fellow Ashoka, New Ventures Mexico

      ●       Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2017 Finalists

      ●       Endeavor entrepreneurs

      ●       B Corp

      ●       GIIRS Company

      ●       UBS Visionaries

      CEOAlex Eaton
      SectorSustainable energy projects


      Door uit organisch afval duurzame energie te creëren, pakt armoede, voedselzekerheid en klimaatverandering aan. Met hun innovatieve biogasvergisters, waarmee mest omgezet kan worden in het duurzame biogas, zorgen zij ervoor dat boeren wereldwijd een probleem omzetten in een oplossing. Huishoudens op het platteland in opkomende markten zoals India, hebben vaak geen betrouwbare toegang tot elektriciteit en zijn afhankelijk van het gebruik van gevaarlijke brandstoffen zoals kerosine voor verlichting en brandhout om te koken. Dit is schadelijk voor hun gezondheid en het milieu. Met de biovergisters van kunnen boeren hun productie vergroten terwijl ze minder afval en CO2 produceren. Het schone en gratis biogas waar de boerengezinnen dagelijks op kunnen koken zorgt voor een gezondere leefomgeving voor het hele gezin.

      SDG bijdrage

      Met dit project draag je aan de volgende VN Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen:

      SDG 1 - Geen armoede

      SDG 2 - Geen honger

      SDG 7 - Betaalbare en duurzame energie

      SDG 13 - Klimaatactie

      Lees meer over de impact die Lendahand creëert en de SDG’s op onze impact pagina.

      • With this investment 600 biogas digester systems are installed
      • With this investment 20 jobs are created
      • With this investment 3000 lives are improved

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