Total loan: $2,250

Esther's Group

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Kuria East, Migori County, 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.

Esther's Group's story

Esther has 8 children, is 52 years old, and lives in Kemuyembe village in Migori County, Kenya. Kemuyembe village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their drinking water from a local water source. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Esther’s community members may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Esther works as a subsistence farmer to earn a living, 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. Esther and 4 other promoters in this loan group from her community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Esther will encourage her community to treat their drinking water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Esther wants to be a promoter because she envisions a water-borne disease free 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. Revenues from 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 Esther’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.