A loan of $900 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Moses' Group's story

In Gavudia village in Givogi, Kenya, Moses has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Moses is a friendly, hard-working, reliable, trustworthy, and well-known member of the community with 7 children. He is 65 years old, makes a living from subsistence farming, and lives in a house with concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof with his family.

Gavudia 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. Moses and the 20 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.

Moses 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. Moses volunteered to be the promoter because he wants to learn a lot about the importance of treating drinking water and he wants to educate the community about how safe water will prevent diseases. There are also two other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Everline and Caroline.

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

In this group: Moses, Everline, Caroline

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