Total loan: $1,350

Benard'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 via chlorine dispensers.

Benard's Group's story

In Nyabola A West Kachieng village in Ndhiwa sub County, Kenya, Benard has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Benard is a friendly member of the community with 4 children. Benard lives with his family in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor, and an iron roof. Nyabola A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from the communal water point. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe to drink. Benard’s family and the 10 other households using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Benard has volunteered to be the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. Benard volunteered to be the promoter because he wants to help the community to access safe water, thus improving the health of his community by reducing water-borne illnesses. There are also two other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: that is Dinah and Carolyne. 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 footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Benard’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.