A loan of $900 helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.


Ruth's Group's story

In Kitambazi A village in Gimarakwa, Kenya, Ruth has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Ruth is a well-liked member of the community with 6 children who are 18, 15, 12, 10, 8 and 5 years old. Ruth name lives in a house with mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof with her husband and children.

Kitambazi A 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. Ruth and the 30 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. Two other promoters from the neighboring villages, Eric and Joseph, are part of this group loan.

Ruth 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 because she saw the need to support the community. She believes the dispenser will reduce waterborne diseases thus enhance a healthy life.

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

In this group: Ruth , Eric , Joseph



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