Total loan: $1,500
Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health
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A loan helped To provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.
Gladys' Group's story
Gladys is 42 years old and has 5 children. Gladys lives in Kamgoi A village in Cheptulu, Kenya. Kamgoi A 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 Gladys and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Gladys works as a laborer, 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. Gladys 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. Gladys 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: Aggrey, Maureen, Martin, and a second Martin. Gladys wants to be a promoter because she is a hard worker and she believes that the dispenser will provide good hygiene. 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 Gladys Shari’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.