A loan of $1,200 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Florence's Group's story

Florence, a diploma holder, is 55 years old with 6 children. She lives in Givogi village in Kenya. Givogi village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Florence and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Florence works as a peasant farmer but also owns a small food canteen and a shop. She has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Florence and other promoters in her community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Florence will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. She wants to be a promoter because she is a hardworking and wants to see her community flourish. Florence believes that the dispenser is good for their health. There are three other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Beatrice, Aska and Mercy.

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 Florence's community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Florence, Beatrice, Aska, Mercy

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