A loan of $1,500 helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Esther Oketch's Group's story

In Kidumbula village, Vihiga County, Kenya, Esther has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program. Esther is friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and a well-known member of the community with 3 children. Esther lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and iron roof.

Kidumbula 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 water-borne diseases. Chlorine dispensers offer a solution to this problem by allowing people to treat their water to make it safe to drink. Esther’s family and 60 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.

Esther 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. Esther volunteered to be the promoter because she is willing to serve the community. Ether believes that the dispenser will help her community prevent water-borne diseases. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Rosemary, Jane, Naomi and Jackson.

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

In this group: Esther, Rosemary, Jane, Naomi, Jackson

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