Total loan: $1,500

Michele's Group

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Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Michele's Group's story

In Kapsangani village in Kapsotik, Kenya, Michele has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Michele is a friendly member of the community with 2 children aged 16 and 21 years old. Michele lives with her family in a house made of concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof. She is a subsistence farmer, primarily cultivating maize on her land. Kapsangani 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. Michele and the 25 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. Michele 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. Michele volunteered to be the promoter because she is available to do the work and she wants to help the community by educating them about clean water. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Judith, Catherine, John and Rose. 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 Michele’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.