A loan of $1,500 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Miriam's Group's story

Miriam is 38 years old and has 3 children. Miriam lives in Kapkemen village in Kapsotik, Kenya. Kapkemen does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a protected spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Miriam and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. In the past, Miriam's son has suffered from a water-borne disease.

Miriam works as a tailor and owns her own business, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Miriam and other promoters in her community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Miriam will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Martha, Joshua, Dorcas, and Alice. Miriam wants to be a promoter because she was chosen and wants to serve the community. She believes that the dispenser will prevent sicknesses in the future.

The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the community, 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 Miriam’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Miriam, Martha, Joshua, Dorcas, Alice

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