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

Linda's Group's story

Linda lives in a house with mud walls, a dirt floor, and an iron roof house in Sheveye village in Mulundu, Kenya with her family including 2 children. She has completed her primary school education and is currently working as a maize farmer. Linda is also very active in her community's women's group. The community of Sheveye village 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 Sheveye’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, then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination. In Sheveye, 10 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Linda has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. She is known in the community as being friendly and has volunteered because she loves her people. Someone in Linda's family has suffered from a water borne disease in the past so she believes that the chlorine will help kill germs in their drinking water. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Linda, Phyllip, Barris, Abel, and Iren.

Sheveye village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. 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 Linda’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Linda , Phyllip , Baris , Abel , Iren

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