Total loan: $1,500

Leonidah'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.

Leonidah's Group's story

In Mujinga village in Ivola, Kenya, Leonidah has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. She is a friendly, hardworking and well-known member of the community with 6 children who are 4 daughters aged 38 years, 24 years, 22 years and 18 years and 2 sons aged 33 and 28 years respectively. She currently lives with her husband and a grand-daughter. Mujinga village 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 water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe to drink. Leonidah and the 18 other households using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Leonidah has volunteered to act as the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. She volunteered to be the promoter because believes she will help prevent waterborne diseases. She wants to ensure her grand-daughter and other children in her village have a healthy and bright future. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Mary, Emily, Samuel and Edward. 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 Leonidah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.