A loan of $1,200 helped a member to install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Rose's Group's story

Rose is 47 years old, has 4 sons, and lives in Gamgeni village in Vihiga, Kenya. Gamgeni 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 Rose and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Rose works as a subsistence/peasant farmer who grows primarily maize and bananas. She is already 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. Rose and other promoters in her community (including Leah, John and Fred) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Rose will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Rose wants to be a promoter because she is passionate about keeping her community healthy. Rose believes that the dispenser will to protect them against water-borne diseases.

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 , Leah , John , Fred

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