A loan of $1,500 helped a member to allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.

Mary's Group's story

In Mukuyu village in Ivola, Kenya, Mary has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Mary is a hardworking, well-liked member of the community with 2 children. Mary is 46 years old and lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof.

Mukuyu village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a protected 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. Mary and the 35 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.

Mary 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. Mary volunteered to be the promoter because she was chosen by the community to serve their interests and she wants to help educate people to improve their lifestyles. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Rose, Miriam, Josephat and Margret.

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

In this group: Mary, Rose, Miriam, Josephat, Margret

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