A loan of $1,500 helped a member to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.


Niva's Group's story

In Ganyamosi village in Kenya, Niva has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Niva is a friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy member of the community with 5 children who are 17, 15, 12, 8 and 7 years old respectively. She lives in a house with concrete walls and an iron roof with her family. Ganyamosi village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected spring. 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. Niva and the 15 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. Niva has volunteered to act as the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. She volunteered to be the promoter because she believes chlorine will kill the bacteria in the drinking water thus preventing sickness that would cause the children to miss school. The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (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. 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 Niva’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Niva , Everlyne , Kezia , Everlyn , Handrina
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