A loan of $1,500 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.


Henry's Group's story

In Gavirimoni village in Gasianga, Kenya, Henry has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Henry is a hardworking and trustworthy member of the community with 4 children; 3 boys and a girl. The eldest is 18 years and the youngest is a girl aged 6 years. He practices dairy and crop farming and has a secondary school certificate.

Gavirimoni village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a protected 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.

Henry and the 40 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.

Henry 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. He volunteered to be the promoter because he wants his people to access safe water because he hopes it will help the community to prevent waterborne 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. 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 Henry’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Henry , Clare , Femina , Sharon , Pamella



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