Total loan: $900

Minicah's 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.

Minicah's Group's story

Minicah is 38 years old, has 4 children, and lives in Kamuguywa village in Vihiga, Kenya. Kamuguywa village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a protected dug well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Minicah and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Minicah works as a subsistence/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. Minicah and other promoters in her community (including Nifreda and Judith) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Minicah will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Minicah wants to be a promoter because she likes to help and educate her community on the importance of treating water. 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 Minicah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.