A loan of $900 helped a member to allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.


Irene Odindo's Group's story

In Kezege village, Vihiga County, Kenya, Irene has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program. Irene is friendly, reliable, trustworthy and a well-liked member of the community with 4 children. Irene lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, concrete floor and iron roof. Kezege 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. Irene’s family and 70 other households using the local water sources need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Irene has volunteered to be the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill the dispenser with chlorine when the tank runs low. Irene volunteered to be the promoter because her community likes her and she believes they will listen to her. Irene believes that through chlorine dispenser adoption, her community will prevent water-borne diseases. There are two other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Jasron and David. 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 Irene’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Irene , Jasron , David
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