A loan of $1,500 helped a member to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Josphat's Group's story

In Gambaragai village in Kipchekwen, Kenya, Josphat has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Josphat is a friendly, hard working, goal oriented, reliable, and trustworthy member of the community with 3 children who are 16, 8, and 4 years old. Josphat and his family lives in a house with concrete walls, a concrete floor, and an iron roof. To make a living, Josphat harvests sand from a nearby stream and sells it to other businesses and companies. He is also actively involved in self-help groups in his community.

Gambaragai 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. Josphat and the 28 other households using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water source in the area.

Josphat 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 the dispenser is on his farm and he wants to care for it to benefit the community. He knows that the chlorine kills microscopic organisms that could cause water-borne diseases. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Margret, Alice, Melsa, and Mary.

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

In this group: Josphat , Margret , Alice , Melsa , Mary
*not pictured

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details