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

Enos' Group's story

Enos is 71 years old and has 7 children, aged 22 to 45 years old, and he lives in Jemaga village in Galona, Kenya. Jemaga 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Enos and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Enos works as a subsistence/peasant farmer and has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Enos and other promoters in his community (including Christine, Nifreda, Evans and Rebecca) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Enos will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Enos wants to be a promoter because he believes that the dispenser will prevent children in his community from falling sick.

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

In this group: Enos, Christine, Nifreda, Evans, Rebecca

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