A loan of $1,500 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.


Mark's Group's story

In Ivola village in Kenya, Mark has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Mark is a friendly, goal-oriented, and trustworthy member of the community and he has 6 children. Mark lives in a mud walls, concrete floor, iron roof house with his family.

Ivola village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a unprotected 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. Mark and the 8 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.

Mark 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. Mark volunteered to be the promoter because he is willing to serve the community and he wants to help the community by helping the access chlorine which prevents diseases thus giving people good health. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Elizabeth, Peris, Merciline, and Beatrice.

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

In this group: Mark , Elizabeth , Peris , Merciline , Beatrice



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