Total loan: $1,800

Marita's Group

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Kuria East, Migori 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.

Marita's Group's story

Marita is 30 years old and lives in Simbori Bongeng E village Kuria East sub-county, Kenya. Marita works as a commercial farmer for a living. Where Martha lives, the community does not have access to safe drinking water. The community collects their water from a local water spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. If Simbori Bongeng E community had a way to treat their drinking water, there could be fewer cases of water-borne diseases, keeping members of the community at school and work. This is why Marita is requesting a loan for a chlorine dispenser on behalf of her community. Martha 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 of her community 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. Marita wants to be a promoter because she envisions a community free of 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 footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Marita’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.