A loan of $1,500 helped a member to install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Zacharia's Group's story

Zachariah is a hardworking man who sells bricks in Kenya. He lives in house with mud walls and a dirt floor in Givigoi village in Ivona, Kenya with his wife and 4 children.

The community of Givigoi village collects their drinking water from a protected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Givigoi’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans, then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination.

In Givigoi, 9 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Zachariah has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. The four other dispenser promoters that are part of this loan are Ephraim, Tende, Samwel, and Joram. Each promoter has volunteered to support the dispenser's operation.

Givigoi village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Zachariah believes that the dispenser will help his community drink safe water which will prevent waterborne diseases and also encourage good hygiene.

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 Zachariah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Zacharia, Ephraim, Tende, Samwel, Joram
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