A loan of $1,500 helped a member to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Mary's Group's story

Mary is 65 years old and has 7 children, and she lives in Kavoi A village in Kalwani, Kenya. She is friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, well known, and well liked. Kavoi 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Mary and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Mary works as a subsistence farmer growing 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. Mary and other promoters (including: Joyce, Gladys, Benson, and Lucy) in her community need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Mary will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Mary wants to be a promoter because she is readily available and willing to serve the community. Mary believes that the dispenser will provide chlorine which helps to prevent illnesses like diarrhea and other 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 Mary’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Mary , Joyce , Gladys , Benson , Lucy

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