A loan helped a member to reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.


Veronica's Group's story

Veronica is 34 years old, has 9 children and lives in Kagundo village in Kuria East, Kenya. Kagundo village does not have a piped water supply. Instead, the community collects their water from a local water spring. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Veronica, her family, and other members of the community may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Veronica works as a business owner, 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. Veronica and 4 other promoters in her community, including Daniel, Hagai, Joseph and Ann, need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Veronica will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Veronica wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser will help in making their water safe, thus preventing 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 their carbon footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Veronica’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Veronica, Daniel, Hagai, Joseph, Ann



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