Total loan: $2,250

Martha's Group

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Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Martha's Group's story

Martha is a 30 year old woman with 4 children, and she lives in Nyamwiharuri B village Kuria East sub-county, Kenya. Martha works as a commercial farmer for a living. Where Martha lives, the community does not have access to safe drinking water. The community collects their water from a local water spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. If Nyamwiharuri B community had a way to treat their drinking water, this could reduce the cases of water-borne diseases, keeping Nyamwiharuri B community at school and work. This is why Martha is requesting a loan for a chlorine dispenser on behalf of her community. Martha was elected to represent her community as a volunteer promoter. She is not only representing her community on Kiva, but also volunteers her 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. Martha has volunteered to be a promoter because she envisions a community with clean, safe water. 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 footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Martha’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.