Total loan: $2,250
Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health
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A loan helped To ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.
Zephania's Group's story
Zephania lives in a home with mud walls, a dirt floor and an iron roof in Kendege A village in Kuria East, Kenya with his family which includes 8 children. The community collects their drinking water from a local well because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making the community's inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school. A new chlorine dispenser program offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerrycans and then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from re-contamination. Zephania's community will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Zephania has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water to keep themselves and their families healthy. There are 4 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Samson, Victor, Richard and Elizabeth. Zephania's community needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Zephania believes that the dispenser will allow access to safe drinking water, thus improving health within the 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 footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Zephania’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.