A loan of $1,200 helped a member to install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Grace Iminza's Group's story

Grace is 47 years old, has 6 children and lives in Shandoro village in Vihiga County, Kenya. Shandoro 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 diarrhea and other water-borne diseases meaning that Grace, her family and any member of Shandoro village community may fall sick at any time and become unable to work or attend school.

Grace is a shop-keeper 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. Grace and other promoters in her community including Daniel, Priscillah and Emily need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Grace will encourage the community to treat their water using the dispenser and will refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Grace wants to be the promoter because she is willing to serve her community. Grace believes that treating water through the chlorine dispenser will kill bacteria and other pathogens to make their water safe for drinking. Through regular dispenser use, Grace believes her community will stay away from water-borne diseases.

The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the community through the sale of carbon credits. Using chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce world carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and to make sure that Grace’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Grace, Daniel, Priscillah, Emily

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