A loan of $1,500 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine to treat their drinking water.

Felister's Group's story

In Kamnono village in Kisasi, Kenya, Felister has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Felister is a friendly, goal-oriented, reliable, well-liked member of the community with 3 children, aged 1 to 13. She lives in a house with mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof.

Kamnono village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected well. 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. Felister and the 30 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.

Felister 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. Felister volunteered to be the promoter because she believes the community has trusted her to help and she is excited about it. She wants to help the community by providing access to safe water. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Josephine, Edward, Kenzlene, and Patrick.

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

In this group: Felister, Josephine, Edward, Kenzlene, Patrick

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