Total loan: $1,800

Thomas' Group

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Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.

Thomas' Group's story

In Itongo Central village in Kuria East, Kenya, Thomas has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Thomas is a friendly member of the community with 5 children. Thomas lives with his family in a house with mud walls, a dirt floor and an iron roof. Itongo Central village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their drinking water from Muhutundu 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 drinking water to make it safe to drink. Thomas’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. Thomas 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. Thomas volunteered to be the promoter because through the use of chlorine dispenser the community members will be able to lead a healthy life because chlorine kills bacteria in water. There are also 3 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Charles, Joseph, and Margret. 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 Thomas’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.