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

Noah's Group's story

Noah, hard-working and well-liked 41-year-old commercial farmer, lives in a home with concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof in Mutsulia village in Makuchi, Kenya. The community of Mutsulia 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 Mutsulia’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 Mutsulia, 12 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Noah is active in community groups and 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. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Angeline, Getrude, Stella and Pamela.

Mutsulia village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Noah believes that the dispenser will give people access to safe water and prevent them from contracting diarrheal diseases, thus allowing people to live better lives and save more money. 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 Noah’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Noah, Angeline, Getrude , Stella , Pamela

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