Total loan: $1,350

Hellen's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Hellen's Group's story

Hellen is 42 years old, has 4 children, and lives in Looyom A village in Kenya. Hellen works as a business owner for a living. Where Hellen lives, her family and her community do not have access to safe drinking water. The community collects their water from Looyom pond. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. If Looyom A had a way to treat their water, they could improve the health of their community, keeping children at school and parents at work. This is why Hellen is requesting a loan for a chlorine dispenser on behalf of her community. Hellen 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 in Looyom A village 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. Hellen wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser system will prevent 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 Hellen’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.