A loan of $5,875 helped a member to change 2 km of PVC piping from 2 inches to 4 inches.

Asociación Comunal Pilas Orientales Group's story

The Asociación Comunal para el Desarrollo de Proyectos de Agua Potable y Otros Pilas Orientales [Pilas Orientales Community Association for the Development of Potable Water and Other Projects] is located in the Masaya department. It supplies five communities, in which 952 service users are registered, and benefits over six thousand people, of whom over 50% are children. This Association has been in operation for 24 years, and originally served 250 users in the Pilas Orientales and Las Conchitas communities. One year later, it offered services to the communities of Los López and Los Manguitos, and later the community of Plan del Arenal.
Given the increase in the quantity of users, and considering the lifespan of the existing tubing, the group decided, with a consensus from the users, to change out 2 km of 2-inch PVC tubing to 4-inch tubing. For this project, they will need materials such as spacers, adhesive, joints, and shut-off valves.
The pipe to be changed crosses the community of Las Pilas Orientales and will directly benefit its 206 users. It will indirectly benefit over 6 thousand people, allowing a greater flow of potable water which will arrive in greater volumes and in better time to the more distant communities. It will create energy savings of 40% due to a reduction of pumping hours.

In this group: Milton Genaro, Ismael, Humberto*, Miguel Jerónimo, Ramiro Abelino, Andrea Del Socorro, Ana Julia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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