A loan of $900 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.


Isack's Group's story

In Lutoto village in Hamisi, Kenya, Isack has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Isack is a friendly, goal-oriented, hard-working, and well-known member of the community with 5 children. Isack lives with his family in a house made of mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof. Lutoto 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 water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe to drink. Isack and the 70 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. Isack 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. Isack volunteered to be the promoter because he likes working for the community and he wants to help the community by providing access to safe water, which he believes will help prevent water-borne diseases. There are also two other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Sylivia and Alfred. 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 Isack’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Isack , Sylivia , Alfred
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