Total loan: $1,800

Joseph's Group

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.

Joseph's Group's story

Joseph is 43 years old, has 7 children, and lives in Ogwenyore B village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Joseph works as a business owner for a living. His community of Ogwenyore B 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. Joseph 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, Joseph 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. Joseph and 3 other promoters in his community, George, Patricia, and Geafrey need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Joseph wants to be a promoter because he believes that the chlorine will prevent water borne diseases making his communty healthy, especially for children under 5 years of age. 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 Joseph’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.