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

Nelly's Group's story

Nelly, 38 years old, lives in Jepseri B village in Vihiga in Kenya. She has 7 children (6 daughters and a son). Jepseri B village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a river. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Nelly and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Nelly 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. Nelly and other promoters in her community (including: Eviny, Josphat, Josephine, and Esther) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Nelly will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Nelly wants to be a promoter because she wants to help people in her village drink treated water. Nelly believes that the dispenser will prevent waterborne diseases and is an easy way to treat 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 Nelly’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Nelly , Eviny, Josphat , Josephine , Esther

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