A loan of $1,500 helped a member to install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Charles Kisia's Group's story

Charles has a family which includes 3 daughters and 2 sons and lives in a house made up of dirt floor, iron roof and mud walls in Chanzaruka village, Vihiga County, Kenya. The community of Chanzaruka village collects their drinking water from a protected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases which often leads to Chanzaruka’s inhabitants falling sick and children not regularly attending school.

A new chlorine dispenser program offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking water. The dispenser is installed at the local water-point where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from re-contamination. In Chanzaruka, 16 households will gain access to safe water through the chlorine dispenser. Charles has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter because he wants to be actively involved in improving the health and productivity of the community and will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine and promoting the use of the dispenser within the community. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Mark, Janet, Noah and Alex.

Chanzaruka village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining their dispensers. Charles believes that the chlorine dispenser will kill bacteria thus help prevent water-borne diseases like diarrhoea. 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 for drinking. The sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to ensure that Charles’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Charles , Mark , Janet , Noah , Alex

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