Margery's Two Loans

Margery took out two WaterCredit loans that allowed her to install toilets and a water storage tank. Both have brought her and her family dignity, health and comfort.

Margery is married with 2 children - a son (38) and a daughter (32). She also has two adopted children, orphaned by the HIV/AIDs pandemic, that live with her at her home, on the outskirts of Maua town. Margery’s home is on a 1-acre plot and she lives in a permanent 4-bedroomed bungalow. Margery, a retired primary school teacher, runs a small restaurant and also grows vegetables on her farm. Her husband is a retired administrator at the local Methodist hospital.

Margery, pictured above with ECLOF and staff at her water storage facility, is a member of the Maua Miracle self-help group, and has been an ECLOF client since 2012. She has accessed two WASH loans to date: one for a sanitation facility (two toilets) of KES 30,000 ($353.37 USD) in May 2012 and a water tank loan of KES 15,000 ($176.57 USD) in September 2012. She said, “…the toilet makes my compound neat, [brings] dignity and has raised my standards within the community. In fact my grandchildren are very happy now.”

Margery’s future plans are to take another water storage tank and install it overhead-so that she can have water in her house.

This success story was made possible by a generous grant from The MasterCard Foundation.

Capital: Nairobi
Population of 46.7 million
17.3 million lack access to safe water
32.7 million lack access to improved sanitation
43% of the total population lives below the national poverty line