Total loan: $1,500

Flora's Group

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Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Flora's Group's story

Flora is 62 years old, has completed some primary school, and considers herself friendly and hardworking. She has 7 children. Her house has mud walls, dirt floors, and an iron roof. Flora is very active in her community and is involved in the community's women's group, prayer study group, and burial committee. Flora lives in Mutave A village in Kaptaimes, Kenya. Mutave A does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a river. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Flora and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Flora works as a commercial farmer of beans, 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. Flora 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. Flora 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: Isaiah, Cornelius, Joseph, and Maureen. Flora wants to be a promoter because she wants her community to have good health. She believes that the dispenser will promote the community's health, kill bacteria, and help prevent diarrhea because they will no longer be at risk of contacting 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 Flora’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.