A loan of $1,500 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Rose's Group's story

In Sawani village in Vihiga, Kenya, Rose has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Rose is a friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy member of the community with 3 children. She lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, sand or dirt floor, iron roof.

Sawani 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 water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe to drink. Rose and the 20 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.

Rose 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. Rose volunteered to be the promoter because she was chosen and is willing to serve the community to help prevent sickness. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Luka, Mary, Enita and Joash.

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

In this group: Rose, Luka, Mary, Enita, Joash

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