A loan of $1,500 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Henry's Group's story

Henry is 27 years old and has 2 daughters aged 6 and 3 years. Henry has a primary school certificate and lives in Kaptik village in Shiru, Kenya. Kaptik 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 Henry and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Henry works as a subsistence farmer growing cereals and vegetables, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Henry and other promoters in his community (Janet, Sarah, Jackline and Mary) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Henry will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Henry wants to be a promoter because he wants his daughters and other people in his community to access safe water. He believes that the dispenser will prevent waterborne diseases that usually affect children.

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

In this group: Henry, Janet, Sarah, Jackline, Mary

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