A loan of $1,500 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Jesicah's Group's story

58-year-old Jesicah has a primary school education and lives in a house with mud walls and a dirt floor in Mwembe B village in Kenya. She has lived in Mwembe B for 37 years with her husband and 6 children.

The community of Mwembe B village collects their drinking water from a protected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Mwembe B’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans, then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination.

In Mwembe B, 17 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Jesicah has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are also four other promoters that are part of this group loan: Monicah, two Kennedys, and Gladys. Each promoter will be responsible for encouraging people to treat their water using the dispenser, and each of their communities will have access to safe water using a portion of this loan.

Jessicah's village, Mwembe B, along with Monicah's, Gladys' and the Kennedys' villages need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispensers. Jesicah believes that the dispenser will help her community fight waterborne diseases for a healthier lifestyle. She believes water is life.

The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the five communities, through the sale of carbon credits. Using the chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. The sale of carbon credits, to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that these communities can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Jesicah , Monicah , Kennedy , Gladys , Kennedy

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