A loan of $1,200 helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Lilian Mudogo's Group's story

Lilian lives with her family in a house made up of mud walls, sand floor and iron roof in Esere village, Vihiga County, Kenya. Lilian has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser in her village. Lilian is a friendly, hardworking and well-liked member of the community with 2 children.

Esere's inhabitants collect their water from a protected spring because they do not have a piped water supply. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe for drinking. Lilian's family and 85 other households using the local water sources need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area.

Lilian has volunteered to be the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and will also be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine whenever the tank runs low. Lilian says that as a beneficiary of the new chlorine dispenser program, she has volunteered to sensitize the community on the importance of treating their household water. With regular chlorine dispenser use, Lilian foresees a healthy and prosperous community in the future. There are also three other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan including: Margaret, Salome and Sheila.

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

In this group: Lilian, Margaret, Salome, Sheila

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