A loan of $1,500 helped a member to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Naomi's Group's story

In Shaviringa B village in Vihiga, Kenya, Naomi has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Naomi is a friendly member of the community with 7 children. Naomi lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, sand or dirt floor, and an iron roof.

Shaviringa B village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a protected spring. 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. Naomi 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.

Naomi 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. Naomi volunteered to be the promoter because she thinks it is good to volunteer to help others and she wants to help the community by helping to make water safe and kill germs. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Caroline, Jane, Mary and Florence.

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

In this group: Naomi , Caroline , Jane , Mary , Florence

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