A loan of $1,500 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Gladys' Group's story

Gladys is a 53-year-old single mother. She lives in Buvai village in Gamoi, Kenya with her 4 children, her sister, 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Buvai 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Gladys and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.
Gladys works as a subsistence farmer, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Gladys and the other dispenser promoters in her community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Gladys will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Gladys wants to be a promoter because she wants to help her community to be able to drink treated water. She believes that the dispenser will protect the community from diarrheal diseases.
The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (evidenceaction.org) on behalf of Glady's 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 Gladys’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Gladys, Elija, Grace, Carolyne, Charles

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