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.


Hellen's Group's story

Hellen lives in a home made of mud walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof in Maganda village in Mulundu, Kenya. She is 44 years old, makes her living as a subsistence peasant maize farmer, and has 5 children aged 15 to 22. The community of Maganda village collects their drinking water from a protected 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 Maganda’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 Maganda, 25 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Hellen 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: Florence, Mary, Samson and Joash. Maganda village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Hellen believes that the dispenser will prevent water-borne diseases. 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 Hellen’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Hellen , Florence , Mary , Samson , Joash
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