A loan of $900 helped a member to provide communities with free access to chlorine dispensers to treat their drinking water.

Florence Chahilu's Group's story

Florence is 62 years old, has 1 child and lives in Burudi village, Vihiga County, Kenya. Burudi village community collects their water from a protected spring because they do not have a piped water supply. This means that Florence, her family and the whole community are drinking water that is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, thus preventing them from going to work and attending school regularly.

Florence runs a small shop in the village that she attends to 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 keep off water-borne diseases. Florence and two other promoters in her community, Caroline and Ebby, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. As a promoter, Florence will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine as needed and will also encourage the community to always treat their household water using the dispenser. Florence wants to be the promoter because she views herself as a good mobilizer and teacher, and she believes that the chlorine dispenser will greatly contribute towards her community’s health and prosperity.

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 world carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Florence’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Florence , Caroline , Ebby

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