A loan of $1,200 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.


Tafrosa Kageha's Group's story

Tafrosa lives in Nyabera village in Vihiga County, Kenya. Tafrosa is 47 years old and has 6 children. Nyabera village does not have a piped water supply so the community collects their water from an unprotected spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Tafrosa and her family may fall sick at any time and become unable to work or attend school.

Tafrosa works as a taxi operator 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. Tafrosa and other promoters in her community, including Janet, Pamela and Beatrice, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Tafrosa will encourage the community to treat their water using the dispenser and will refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Tafrosa wants to be the promoter because she is a hard-working and well-liked member of the community. Tafrosa believes that regular chlorine dispenser use will greatly contribute towards eradication of water-borne diseases.

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 Tafrosa’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Tafrosa, Janet , Pamela , Beatrice



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