Total loan: $1,500

Evans' Group

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Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.

Evans' Group's story

Evans is 30 years old and he lives in Gimariani village in Mwembe, Kenya. He has completed secondary school and considers himself friendly, goal oriented, reliable, and well liked. Gimariani village 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 Evans and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Evans works as a day laborer who picks tea leaves, 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. Evans and other promoters in his community (Julias, Evans, Elizabeth, and Mark)need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Evans will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Evans wants to be a promoter because he is a hard worker. Evans believes that the dispenser will lead to better health. 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 Evans community can have access to safe water now and in the future.