Total loan: $1,350

Agnes' Group

Kuria East, Migori County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Agnes' Group's story

Agnes is 24 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Nyamagongwe Central village in Kuria East Sub-county, Kenya. Nyamagongwe Central village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Kemaiga spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Agnes and her community may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Agnes works as a subsistence farmer, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables the community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Agnes and other promoters in her community, including Samson and Esther, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Agnes will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Agnes wants to be a promoter because she believes that chlorine will reduce water-borne diseases in her community. 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 world carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Agnes’ community can have access to safe water now and in the future.