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

Dancan's Group's story

In Jeviriri village in Gasianga, Kenya, Dancan has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Dancan is a 27-year-old, friendly hard-working, reliable, and trustworthy member of the community with a two-year-old child. Dancan lives with his family in a house with mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof.

Jeviriri village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an 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. Dancan 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.

Dancan, who is already active in a community credit savings group, 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. He accepted his post as promoter because he is happy to see and help people use the dispenser, and he wants to help the community by preventing diarrhea cases. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Jenipher, Janet, Tabitha and Peter.

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

In this group: Dancan, Jenipher, Janet, Tabitha, Peter

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