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

Benjamin's Group's story

In Kipsigor village in Givogi, Kenya, Benjamin has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Benjamin has 5 children, and is a friendly, goal oriented, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy, well liked member of the community. Benjamin lives in a house with mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof with his wife and children.

Kipsigor village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a river. 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. Benjamin and the 10 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.

Benjamin 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 values health and wants to help the community be healthy. He believes the dispenser will help kill bacteria and prevent diseases. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Lucy, Francis, Hezron and Jane.

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

In this group: Benjamin , Lucy , Francis , Hezron , Jane

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