Total loan: $1,800

Munsi's Group

Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Munsi's Group's story

Munsi has 5 children, is 30 years old and lives in Kebichohe village Kuria East, Kenya. Munsi works as a subsistence farmer for a living. Where Munsi lives, her community does not have access to safe drinking water. The community collects their drinking water from a local water spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. If Kebichohe community had a way to treat their drinking water, there could be fewer cases of water-borne diseases, keeping Kebichohe community at school and work. This is why Munsi is requesting a loan for a chlorine dispenser on behalf of his community. Munsi was elected to represent his community as a volunteer promoter. He is not only representing her community on Kiva, but also volunteers his time to educate the people of her community on the importance of safe water and how to use the chlorine dispenser when they come to fetch water at their local water point. The loan will be used for the installation of the dispensers and the initial supplies of chlorine. Munsi wants to be a promoter because he envisions a community free from 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 Munsi’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.