A loan of $1,500 helped a member to install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Festus' Group's story

In Mukuyu village in Ivola, Kenya, Festus has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Festus is a goal oriented, reliable, trustworthy, and well-known member of the community. He has a diploma and is a business owner. Festus lives in a house with concrete walls, a concrete floor, and an iron roof with his family.

Mukuyu 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. Festus and the 15 other households using the local water source need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area.

Festus 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. Festus volunteered to be the promoter because he is was chosen and he wants to help the community. He also thinks this will prevent water borne diseases. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Susan, Fanuel, Nathan, and Grace.

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

In this group: Festus, Susan, Fanuel, Nathan, Grace

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