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

Jescah's Group's story

Jescah lives in a home with mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof. She lives with her family, including 8 children, in a community called Murugwoni, located in Serem, Kenya. The community of Murugwoni collects their drinking water from a protected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Murugwoni’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans, and then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination. In Murugwoni, 20 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Jescah has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, taking responsibility for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Ainea, Gladys, Violet, and Caroline.

Murugwoni village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Jescah believes that the dispenser will effectively prevent water-borne 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 preventing 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 footprints, will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Jescah’s community can have access to safe water, both now and in the future.

In this group: Jescah, Ainea, Gladys, Violet, Caroline

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