Total loan: $1,350

Selemiah's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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

Selemiah's Group's story

Selemiah is 45 years old, has 3 children, and lives in Ondati B 1 village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Ondati B 1 village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Koliech spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Selemiah and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Selemiah works as a peasant farmer, 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. Selemiah and 2 other promoters in her community, Walter and Beatrice, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Selemiah will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Selemiah wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser will prevent water-borne diseases so that children will not miss school and the community will live healthily. 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 Selemiah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.