Total loan: $1,800
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.
Rose's Group's story
Rose is 40 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Miyoro A village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya. Miyoro A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Ka-wuon owiyo well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Rose and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Rose works as a subsistence farmer, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Rose and three other promoters in her community, including Paul, Mourice and Jane need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Rose will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Rose wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser will lead to safe water, thus improving health in the 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 their carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Rose’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.