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


Susan's Group's story

Susan is 35 years old, has 4 children and lives in Nyaigutu B village in Kenya. Susan works as a commercial farmer for a living. Community of Nyaigutu B village does not have access to clean water. The water that is used for drinking and cooking is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, such as cholera and typhoid. Susan is a friendly member of the community and has been elected promoter by her village to help its members obtain safe drinking water.

As a volunteer promoter, Susan represents the community on Kiva’s website and educates the community on how to protect their families from unsafe drinking water by using a chlorine dispenser system. Susan and other promoters in her community - Elizabeth, Rael and John - need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Susan wants to be a promoter because she believes that the chlorine dispenser will make water safe for drinking, hence preventing diseases like typhoid.

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 footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Susan’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Susan, Elizabeth, Rael, John



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