Total loan: $1,800
NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health
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A loan helped To improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.
Margaret's Group's story
Margaret lives in a home with concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof in Andingo Lower village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya with her family which includes 5 children. The community of Andingo Lower village collects their drinking water from a community spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Andingo Lower's inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school. A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans and then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from re-contamination. In Andingo Lower 15 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Margaret has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are 3 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: namely Julius, Lucy and Margaret. Andingo Lower village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Margaret believes that the dispenser will treat the water, thus preventing 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 world carbon footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Margaret’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.