A loan of $1,500 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Rose's Group's story

Rose is 59 years old, has 6 children and lives in Kilindiru village in Vihiga County, Kenya. Kilindiru village community collect their water from a protected spring because they don’t have a piped water supply. As a result, their water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Rose and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Rose works as a commercial 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. Rose and other promoters in her community, including Rhoda, Rose, Tom and Wilson, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Rose will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Rose wants to be a promoter because she loves working for her community and she believes that treated water will help fight water-borne diseases, leading to a better and healthy community.

The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the community through the sale of carbon credits. Through using chlorine dispenser to treat water instead of boiling water to make it safe to drink, the community will generate carbon credits. The sale of these carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Rose’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Rose, Rhoda, Rose, Tom, Wilson

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