Total loan: $900

Walter's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To provide his community with free access to a water-treating system.

Walter's Group's story

Walter is 35 years old, has 5 children, and lives in Kakseru B village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya. Kakseru B village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from the local well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Walter and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Walter works as a subsistence/peasant farmer, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Walter and another promoter in his community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Walter will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Walter wants to be a promoter because he believes that the chlorine prevents water-borne diseases, resulting in fewer children missing school, more people at work, and improved health overall. 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 Walter’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.