Total loan: $900

Lucy's Group

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Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Lucy's Group's story

In Gibomwe North village in Kuria East Sub-county, Kenya, Lucy has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program. Lucy is a friendly member of the community with 7 children. Lucy lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, a dirt floor and an iron roof. Gibomwe North village does not have a piped water supply. Instead, the community collects their drinking water from Kemarua spring. This 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. Lucy’s 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. Lucy 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. Lucy volunteered to be the promoter because she believes through the use of chlorine dispenser community members will be able to drink chlorinated, safe water. There is also another volunteer promoter from the surrounding community who is part of this group loan. 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 Lucy’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.