A loan of $1,200 helped a member to allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.

Jane's Group's story

Jane is 33 years old, has 3 children, and she lives in Erusui village in Serem, Kenya. Erusui 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Jane and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Jane works as a day/hired laborer and is active in a community women's group, 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. Jane and other promoters in her community (including: Esther, Getwell, and Salome) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Jane will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Jane wants to be a promoter to help her people drink chlorinated water. Jane believes that the dispenser will prevent water-borne diseases by killing germs in the water.

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

In this group: Jane , Esther , Getwell , Salome

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