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

Martin's Group's story

Martin is 40 years old, has 2 children, and lives in Gidagada village in Vihiga, Kenya. Gidagada 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Martin and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Martin works as a commercial farmer and actively serves the community daily, but has also volunteered his time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables his community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Martin and other promoters in his community (including Beth, Mary, Mary, and Grace) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Martin will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Martin wants to be a promoter because he believes that the dispenser will help reduce diseases especially diarrhea.

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

In this group: Martin , Beth, Mary , Mary , Grace

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