Total loan: $1,500

Ebby's Group

Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Ebby's Group's story

Ebby is 45 years old, has completed secondary school, and has 6 children. She currently works has a maize farmer and is known in the community as being friendly and hardworking. Ebby is also actively involved in her community, especially in the women's group. Ebby lives in Chebunayu village in Senende sub-location in Kenya. Chebunayu 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 Ebby and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Ebby works as a subsistence farmer, 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. The chlorine dispenser will service 19 households in this community. Ebby 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. Ebby 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: Jane, Nancy, Kepha, and Everlyn. Ebby wants to be a promoter because she is hardworking and she believes that the dispenser will benefit the community. She has family members who have been sick due to waterborne diseases and wants to prevent this from happening again 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 Ebby’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.