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


Hellen's Group's story

Hellen is 45 years old, has 5 children, and lives in Musasa village in Shiru, Kenya. Musasa village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a borehole. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Hellen and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Hellen works as a business owner, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Hellen and other promoters in her community (including: Sarah, Jafred, Jane and Elisha) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Hellen will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Hellen wants to be a promoter because she likes to help her people. 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 , Sarah , Jafred , Jane , Elisha
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