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Abstract

The case chronicles the innovation in bio-digester technology by Alex Eaton and Camilo Pages through a social enterprise in Mexico called 'Sistema Biobolsa'. It describes how the two social entrepreneurs created an innovative new waste and resource management system by reimagining the 150-year old biogas production system by using a high-quality membrane, durable modular parts, and anaerobic bio-digesters that transformed animal waste into renewable energy (bio-gas) and organic fertilizer. Sistems Biobolsa addressed several challenges that small and marginal farmers in Mexico and across the world faced - low yielding land due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers, lack of organic fertilizers, unviable waste disposal methods, and limited access to energy. Sistema Biobolsa converted organic waste into organic fertilizer and renewable energy. Its impact was manifold. With an investment of USD600, a farmer with two cows could save upto USD40 per month in the cost of fuel and fertilizers. The biogas produced was environmentally friendly, reduced methane emissions, resulted in better waste management, reduced deforestation, protected the soil, and also improved the quality of life of the farmers. To cater to the needs of different farmers, the bio-digesters were available in several sizes and could be installed within a few hours. After the first month, the farmers could start using the system. The company provided loans to farmers to install the system, and also extended technical support to them in using it. Eaton expanded into Kenya, Colombia, Nicaragua, and India, but, there were still many issues that he needed to address. He had to improve distribution to reach more than 4 million small farmers in Mexico. He was looking at making a huge impact to address the issues of global warming and climate change. But, can a small venture in Mexico be scaled up to address these huge global problems?

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2007-2019.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas

Featured company

Sistema Biobolsa
Employees:
51-200
Type:
Partnership
Industry:
Energy

Featured protagonists

  • Alex Eaton (male), Co-Founder
  • Camilo Pages (male), Co-Founder

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Abstract

The case chronicles the innovation in bio-digester technology by Alex Eaton and Camilo Pages through a social enterprise in Mexico called 'Sistema Biobolsa'. It describes how the two social entrepreneurs created an innovative new waste and resource management system by reimagining the 150-year old biogas production system by using a high-quality membrane, durable modular parts, and anaerobic bio-digesters that transformed animal waste into renewable energy (bio-gas) and organic fertilizer. Sistems Biobolsa addressed several challenges that small and marginal farmers in Mexico and across the world faced - low yielding land due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers, lack of organic fertilizers, unviable waste disposal methods, and limited access to energy. Sistema Biobolsa converted organic waste into organic fertilizer and renewable energy. Its impact was manifold. With an investment of USD600, a farmer with two cows could save upto USD40 per month in the cost of fuel and fertilizers. The biogas produced was environmentally friendly, reduced methane emissions, resulted in better waste management, reduced deforestation, protected the soil, and also improved the quality of life of the farmers. To cater to the needs of different farmers, the bio-digesters were available in several sizes and could be installed within a few hours. After the first month, the farmers could start using the system. The company provided loans to farmers to install the system, and also extended technical support to them in using it. Eaton expanded into Kenya, Colombia, Nicaragua, and India, but, there were still many issues that he needed to address. He had to improve distribution to reach more than 4 million small farmers in Mexico. He was looking at making a huge impact to address the issues of global warming and climate change. But, can a small venture in Mexico be scaled up to address these huge global problems?

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2007-2019.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas

Featured company

Sistema Biobolsa
Employees:
51-200
Type:
Partnership
Industry:
Energy

Featured protagonists

  • Alex Eaton (male), Co-Founder
  • Camilo Pages (male), Co-Founder

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