Total loan: $1,350

Hezrone's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Hezrone's Group's story

Hezrone is 75 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Kaliech A village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Kaliech A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from the community well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Hezrone and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Hezrone works as a commercial farmer, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Hezrone and 2 other promoters in his community, Dan and Everline, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Hezrone will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Hezrone wants to be a promoter because he believes that the chlorine will help children not to miss school and the community work hard through less absenteeism. 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 Hezrone’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.