Total loan: $1,800

Norah's Group

NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Norah's Group's story

Norah is 39 years old, has 8 children, and lives in Upper Pala village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Norah works as a business owner for a living. Her community of Upper Pala village does not have access to clean water. The water that is used for drinking and cooking is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases. Norah is a friendly member of the community, and has been elected promoter by her village to help its members obtain safe drinking water. As a volunteer promoter, Norah represents the community on Kiva’s website and educates the community on how to protect their families from unsafe drinking water by using the chlorine dispenser. Norah and 3 other promoters in her community, including Quinter, Everline and Syprosa, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Norah wants to be a promoter because she believes that the chlorine will kill germs and make their water safe to drink, thus improving overall health. 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 Norah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.