Total loan: $375

Phondeua Group

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Outhoumphone District, Savannakhet Province, , Lao PDR / Personal Use

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A loan helped to purchase TerraClear water filters so they can have access to safe drinking water.

Phondeua Group's story

Phet's village takes water from relatively shallow wells and from local streams; however, the water from natural sources in Phet's village is dirty and unsuitable for drinking without treatment. The nearby villages also suffer from dirty and unsafe drinking water. Phet is excited that she, like her group members, was able to purchase a water filter. Most families report a threefold reduction in diarrhea after they begin using the filter; this is because the filter removes bacteria and other water borne diseases. Even though some people in the village, including Phet, are able to buy bottled water, the water filter increases disposable income to users by decreasing the amount of money used to purchase bottled water. Phet and other filter users also decrease the amount of money spent to boil water by purchasing less charcoal or wood and decreasing the time spent foraging for firewood. Phet's filter is guaranteed for 2 years, though most users find the filter works from 3-5 years.