A loan helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.


Mary's Group's story

Mary lives in a home made of concrete walls, concrete floor, and an iron roof in Chebunaywa village in Vihiga, Kenya with her family. She is 42 years old and has a son and 4 daughters. The community of Chebunaywa village collects their drinking water from an unprotected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of Vihiga Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, often making Chebunaywa’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source, where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans, then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from recontamination. In Chebunaywa, 66 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Mary has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are three other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Felix, Erick and Nancy.

Chebunaywa village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Mary believes that the dispenser will prevent diseases and keep the community healthy and able to work hard to create wealth. She looks forward to her neighbors not having to spend a lot of time and money in the hospital so they can spend time and money on other important uses. 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 Mary’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Mary, Felix, Erick, Nancy



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