A loan of $1,500 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Kezia's Group's story

Kezia is 75 years old and has 5 children. She lives in Givudemesi village in Kiptaimes, Kenya with 2 of her grandchildren. Givudemesi 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Kezia and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Kezia grows food crops, but 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. Kezia and other promoters in the surrounding community (Mary, Lonah, Josephine and another Mary) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Kezia will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Kezia wants to be a promoter because she wants to serve her community. She believes that the dispenser will prevent sickness.

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

In this group: Kezia , Mary , Lonah , Josephine , Mary

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