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

Patrick's Group's story

Patrick is 26 years old, has 3 children, and he lives in Sieguti village in Muhudu, Kenya. Sieguti village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Patrick and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Patrick works as a subsistence/peasant farmer, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Patrick and other promoters in his community (including: Francis, Jane, Emesi and Emily) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Patrick will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Patrick wants to be a promoter because he wants to enlighten the community on the importance of treating water. Patrick believes that the dispenser will make water safe, thus preventing diseases and giving people good health.

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

In this group: Patrick , Francis , Jane , Emesi , Emily

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