Total loan: $2,250

Samwel's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Samwel's Group's story

Samwel is 29 years old, has 3 children, and lives in Lower Kachwa village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Samwel works as a peasant farmer for a living. His community of Lower Kachwa 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. Samwel is a friendly member of the community, and has been elected promoter by his village to help its members obtain safe drinking water. As a volunteer promoter, Samwel 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. Samwel and 4 other promoters including Sharon, Nashon, Judith and Seline, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Samwel wants to be a promoter because he believes that the dispenser will to help prevent several water-borne diseases. 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 Samwel’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.