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

Violet Kasidi's Group's story

Violet lives in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and iron roof in Wamuhira village, Vihiga County, Kenya with her family which includes 3 children. Wamuhira village community 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, often making Wamuhira’s inhabitants fall sick and unable to regularly attend work or 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 source where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans and then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from re-contamination. In Wamuhira, 38 households will benefit from the dispenser by having access to safe water. Violet has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter and will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine and encouraging the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are two other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Mary and Amina.

Wamuhira village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Violet believes that the dispenser will prevents waterborne diseases and kill germs. 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 carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Violet’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Violet , Mary , Amina
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