Total loan: $1,500

Linet Kamonya'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.

Linet Kamonya's Group's story

In Busamo village, Vihiga County, Kenya, Linet has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program. Linet is a hardworking and trustworthy member of the community with 5 children. Linet lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and iron roof. Busamo 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 at the point of collection to make it safe to drink. Linet’s family and other 90 households using the local water sources need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Linet has volunteered to be the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill the dispenser with chlorine when the tank runs low. Linet volunteered to be the promoter because she greatly values her community’s health and wants to work towards that by being at the forefront. Linet believes that through chlorine dispenser adoption, her community will preserve trees in the area and achieve improved health. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Ernest, Emily, Francis and Beatrice. Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the community through the sale of carbon credits. Using chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce world carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and to make sure that Linet’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.