A loan of $1,200 helped a member to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Jotham's Group's story

Jotham is 72 years old, has 7 children, and he lives in Mahanga village in Makuchi, Kenya. Mahanga village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Jotham and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Jotham 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. Jotham and other promoters in his community (including: Shadrack, Lydiah, and Jenifer) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Jotham will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Jotham wants to be a promoter because he has always been affected by water-borne diseases and knows the pain personally. He believes that the dispenser will kill germs that cause water-borne 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 Jotham’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Jotham, Shadrack, Lydiah, Jenifer

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