Total loan: $1,800

Charles' Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Charles' Group's story

In Nyakigo village in Ndhiwa, Kenya, Charles has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Charles is a friendly member of the community with 3 children. Charles lives with his family in a house made of mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof. Nyakigo village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Kodoyo 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. Charles’ family and the 30 other households 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. Charles has volunteered to be the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. Charles volunteered to be the promoter because he wants to improve the health of his community members. He believes it will also decrease absentees in schools and allow people to continue attending work. There are also three other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: John, Andrew and Calvin. 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 Charles’ community can have access to safe water now and in the future.