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

Beatrice's Group's story

In Mulundu village in Kenya, Beatrice has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. She is a friendly, hardworking, trustworthy, and well known member of the community with 4 children who are 22, 21, 14, and 9 years old. She lives in a house with mud walls, a concrete floor, and an iron roof house with her grandchild. Beatrice works as a maize and beans farmer and is an active member in her community, especially the women's group.

Mulundu 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. Beatrice and the 25 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.

Beatrice 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 to assist the community to grow and to help prevent water-borne diseases. Someone in Beatrice's family has suffered from water-borne diseases in the past and she wants to prevent this from happening again in the future. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Sheilah, Agnes, Elizabeth, and Angela.

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

In this group: Beatrice , Sheilah , Agnes , Elizabeth , Angela

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