A loan of $1,500 helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Fridah's Group's story

Fridah is 57 years old, has 5 children, and lives in Jepkwony village in Vihiga, Kenya. Jepkwony village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from an unprotected well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Fridah and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Fridah works as a business owner and actively participates in the village credit savings and women's groups, 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. Fridah and other promoters in her community (including Amisi, Aggrey, Phanice and Cyrus) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Fridah will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Fridah wants to be a promoter to help others live healthy lives with no waterborne diseases. She believes that the dispenser will kill germs that cause sickness and consequent hardship.

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

In this group: Fridah , Amisi , Aggrey , Phanice, Cyrus

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