Total loan: $2,250

Eunice'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.

Eunice's Group's story

Eunice is 62 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Kowuor B village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya. Kowuor B village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Kabongo well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases, meaning that Eunice and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Eunice 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. Eunice and four other promoters in her community, including Joshua, Tabitha, John and Lorine, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Eunice will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Eunice wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser system will reduce water-borne diseases. 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 Eunice’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.