A loan helped a member to provide her community with free access to chlorine to treat drinking water.


Joyce's Group's story

In Kwihemba B village in Kuria east sub-county, Kenya, Joyce has volunteered to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser. Joyce is a friendly member of the community with 5 children. Joyce lives with her family in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and iron roof.

Kwihemba B village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from a local water 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. Joyce’s community need a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area.

Joyce has volunteered to act as the promoter to encourage the community to use the dispenser and to refill it with chlorine when the tank runs low. Joyce volunteered to be the promoter because she wants to help the community to understand that chlorine kills germs in the water making it safe to drink, thus preventing sickness and improving life. There are also four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding community who are part of this group loan: Bakari, James, Moses, and Catherine.

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

In this group: Joyce, Bakari, James, Moses, Catherine



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