A loan helped a member to allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.

Robert's Group's story

Robert is 33 years old and works as a primary school teacher in Chemojech A village in Vihiga, Kenya. Chemojech A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a borehole. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Robert and his family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Robert works as a schoolteacher, 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. Robert and other promoters in his community (including Alice, Konzolata, Josephine and Kevin) need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Robert will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser, and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Robert wants to be a promoter because he is reliable and honest, and he believes that the dispenser will promote good health.

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

In this group: Robert, Alice, Konzolata, Josephine, Kevin

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