Total loan: $2,925

Namsang Group

Pakkading District, Borlikhamxai Province, Bolikhamsai Province, Lao PDR / Personal Use

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A loan helped to purchase TerraClear water filters so they can have access to safe drinking water.

Namsang Group's story

Mr. Khamtouy's village takes water from wells and from the local streams. Some people in the village are able to buy bottled water. The water in this area is dirty and unsuitable for drinking without treatment. The nearby villages also suffer from dirty and unsafe drinking water. Mr. Khamtouy is excited that he and his neighbors were able to purchase a water filter. Most families report a threefold reduction in diarrhea after they begin using the filter; this is because the filter removes bacteria and other water borne diseases. The water filter also increases disposable income and available working days due to the decreased cost of purchasing charcoal or foraging for wood to boil the water and/or purchasing bottled water. The filter is guaranteed for 2 years, though most find the filter works from 3-5 years.