Total loan: $1,500

Mildred's Group

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Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Mildred's Group's story

Mildred is 32 years old and has 5 children. She lives in Gamei village in Gamoi in Kenya. Gamei 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 Mildred and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Mildred works as a peasant farmer, 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. Mildred and other promoters in her community (including: Jessica, Joyce, Everlyne and Paulina) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Mildred will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and she will refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Mildred wants to be a promoter because she is happy to help her people access safe water and consult concerned people to help them. Mildred believes that the dispenser will help her community members prevent waterborne diseases that have been a problem to the community. 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 Mildred’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.