A loan helped a member to support an innovative water treatment technology - chlorine dispensers.

Leonard's Group's story

Leonard lives in a home with mud walls, a concrete floor, and an iron roof in Kowuor B village in Ndhiwa, Kenya with his family which includes 7 children. The community of Kowuor B village collects their drinking water from Kowuor well 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 Kowuor B’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school.

A new chlorine dispenser offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by unsafe drinking 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 offers residual protection from recontamination. In Kowuor B, 25 households will benefit from having access to the dispenser and safe water. Leonard has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter, who is responsible for refilling the chlorine and encouraging the rest of the community to treat their water and keep themselves and their families healthy. There are 4 other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: namely Hellen, Janet, Julia, and another Hellen.

Kowuor B village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining the dispenser. Leonard believes that the dispenser will help get rid of water-borne diseases.The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) 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 footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Leonard’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Leonard, Hellen, Janet, Hellen, Julia

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