Total loan: $2,250

Judith's Group

NDHIWA, Homa Bay 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.

Judith's Group's story

In Mirongo village in Ndhiwa, Kenya, Judith has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Judith is a friendly member of the community with 3 children. Judith lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof. Mirongo village does not have a piped water supply. Their collected 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 to make it safe to drink. Judith’s family and community using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Judith has volunteered to act as the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. Judith volunteered to be the promoter because she wants to help her community to keep their water safe and preventing water-borne diseases. There are also 4 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: namely Jacob, Harman, Nelson, and Caren. 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 footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Judith’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.