Total loan: $1,800

Caroline's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Caroline's Group's story

In Waganyo A village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya, Caroline has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Caroline is a friendly member of the community. Caroline lives with her family of 4 children in a house made of concrete walls, dirt floor, and iron roof. Waganyo A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Kokiro spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water so that it is safe to drink. Caroline’s family and the 50 other households using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. As the promoter, Caroline will encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. Caroline volunteered to be the promoter because she wants to help the community to prevent sickness by providing access to safe drinking water. There are also 3 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: namely Lorine, Susan and James. 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 carbon footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Caroline’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.