A loan of $1,200 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Jane's Group's story

Jane is 43 years old, has 2 daughters and 3 sons, and lives in Gimarakwa A village in Vihiga, Kenya. Gimarakwa A 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 Jane and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Jane works as a peasant farmer, 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. Jane and other promoters in her community (including Zablon, Bilhah and Josephine) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Jane will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and will refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Jane wants to be a promoter because it gives her an opportunity to learn more about safe water and she also benefits directly. Jane believes that the chlorine dispenser is a simple, economical and helps in disease reduction, unlike alternative methods of treating water which are complicated and costly.

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

In this group: Jane, Zablon, Bilhah, Josephine

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