A loan of $1,500 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Joyce's Group's story

Joyce lives in a house with mud walls, a sand dirt floor, and an iron roof house in Ivona village in Kipchekwen, Kenya with her husband and 3 children (aged 7, 4, and 2). The community sees her as a responsible person, and Joyce loves having responsibilities within her community. Joyce works as a teacher to make a living and to educate her community.

Ivona 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 Ivona’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 Ivona, 15 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Joyce 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. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Florence, Jane, John, and Solomon.

Ivona village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Joyce believes that the dispenser will help improve her community and protect against water-borne diseases. She is happy that her community is getting a chlorine dispenser and is committed to refilling and maintaining the dispenser.

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

In this group: Joyce, Florence, Jane, John, Solomon

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