A loan of $1,500 helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Fred's Group's story

Fred, a reliable member of the community, has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser in Givvigoi village in Ivola, Kenya. Fred is married with 6 children, the eldest being 34 years and the youngest 10 years.

Givvigoi 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.

Fred and the 9 households using the protected spring need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining a chlorine dispenser. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Joseph, Janet, James and Victor.

Fred 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 lives nearest to the waterpoint. He wants to make sure his community is protected from waterborne diseases.

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

In this group: Fred, Joseph, Janet, James, Victor

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