A loan of $1,200 helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Margaret's Group's story

In Gimarakwa village, Kenya, Margaret has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Margaret is a friendly, goal-oriented, reliable and well-liked member of the community with 5 children. She lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof. She is active in several community groups, including a women's group, a prayer group, and a burial committee.

Gimarakwa 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. Margaret and the 25 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.

Margaret 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. Margaret volunteered to be the promoter because she thinks that the project is good and she wants to help the community by preventing diarrhea. There are also three other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Lawrence, Janet, and Jescah.

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

In this group: Margaret , Lawrence , Janet , Jescah

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