A loan of $1,500 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Grace's Group's story

Grace lives with her family in a house made of concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof in Bushugunga/Chamagoti village in Senende, Kenya. She is 51 years old, works as a commercial farmer, and has 6 children aged 9 to 21 years old. The community of Bushugunga/Chamagoti village collects their drinking water from an unprotected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Bushugunga/Chamagoti’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans, then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination. In Bushugunga/Chamagoti, 15 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Grace has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Hellen, Barnaba, John and Laban.

Bushugunga/Chamagoti village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Grace believes that the dispenser will prevent water-borne diseases, thus helping people to maintain good health and work without sickness. 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 Grace’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Grace, Hellen, Barnaba, John, Laban

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