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

Philis Muhonja's Group's story

Philis has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser in Navohi village, Vihiga County, Kenya. Philis is a hardworking member of the community with 6 children. Philis lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and iron roof.

Navohi village does not have a piped water supply so the community collects their water from a protected spring. 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 to drink. Philis and the other 30 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.

Philis has volunteered to be the chlorine dispenser promoter because she wants to encourage the community to use the dispenser. Philis will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine whenever the tank runs low. Philis has also volunteered to be the promoter because the community members perceive her as informative and she enjoys helping them. She particularly wants to help children in the community, who she knows are always the most affected by water-borne diseases. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Leah, Violet, Pamela and Margret.

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 make sure that Philis’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Philis , Leah , Violet , Pamela , Margret

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