A loan of $1,200 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Shoghi's Group's story

Shoghi is 26 years old and has 1 child, and he lives in Kaptum village in Galona, Kenya. Kaptum village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Shoghi and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Shoghi works as a subsistence/peasant farmer, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Shoghi and other promoters in his community (including Liz, Mary and Phanice) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Shoghi will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Shoghi wants to be a promoter because he is service-oriented and aspires to change his community for the better. Shoghi believes that the dispenser will create positive change for people's lives by preventing diseases.

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 Shoghi’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Shoghi , Liz , Mary , Phanice

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