Total loan: $1,800

Scolar's Group

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Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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

Scolar's Group's story

Scolar is 25 years old, has 4 children and lives in Matare East village Kuria East, Kenya. Scolar works as a commercial farmer for a living. The community of Matare East 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 like cholera and typhoid. Scolar is a friendly member of the community and has been elected promoter by her village to help it members obtain safe drinking water. As a volunteer promoter, Scolar represents the community on Kiva’s website and educates the community and how to protect their families from unsafe drinking water by using a chlorine dispenser. Scolar and other promoters in her community, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Scolar wants to be a promoter because she believes that chlorine kills bacteria in water making it safe to drink, allowing for better health for community members and especially children. 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 Scolar’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.