A loan of $1,500 helped a member to improve health and productivity by increasing access to safe drinking water through chlorine dispensers.

Arthur Omienge's Group's story

Arthur lives in a house made of mud walls, concrete floor and iron roof in Got Kabindi village in Vihiga County, Kenya. Arthur is 40 years old and has two children. The community of Got Kabindi village 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 Got Kabindi’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser program offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by drinking unsafe 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 Got Kabindi, 70 households will benefit from having access to safe water through the dispenser. Arthur has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter and will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine and encouraging the whole community to treat their water in order to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Margaret, Florence, Roseline and Michael.

Got Kabindi village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers in the area. Arthur believes that regular chlorine dispenser use will prevent water-borne diseases and keep his community healthy. Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) will repay the Kiva loan 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. 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 Arthur’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Arthur, Margaret, Florence, Roseline, Michael

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