Total loan: $1,800

Carolyne'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.

Carolyne's Group's story

Carolyne is 32 years old, has 4 children, and lives in Rimu A village in Ndiwa, Kenya. Rimu A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Katieng borehole. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Carolyne and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Carolyne is a business owner, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Carolyne and three other promoters in her community, including Asmin, Julita and Michael need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Carolyne will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Carolyne wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser will help prevent water-borne diseases in her area. 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 Carolyne’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.