Total loan: $1,800

Johanes' Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay 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.

Johanes' Group's story

Johanes is 33 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Redhi village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Redhi village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from the local well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Johanes and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Johanes works as a subsistence farmer, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Johanes and 3 other promoters in his community, including Thomas, Hellen, and Prisca need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Johanes will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Johanes wants to be a promoter because he believes that the dispenser will enable the community to use safe water with no germs to cause sickness. 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 Johanes’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.