Hope springs from carbon-water project

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Nov 29 2012, 01:59:01

An innovative scheme financed by carbon credits is providing clean, safe water to about 4.5 million people in Western Province

Judy Sitati is going to a funeral. She is dressed in her best clothes and in her black handbag she carries a bottle of water. It is clear and safe - the product of a unique project financed by carbon credits.

"I used to buy firewood to boil water. I would spend 150 shillings [about £1] a week. Now, I use the money to buy books, or sugar for tea, or soap," says Sitati, who stops to chat to volunteers from the carbon for water project on a rutted road in Kenya's Western Province.

In April and May last year, Swiss-based disease control company Vestergaard Frandsen distributed more than 877,000 LifeStraw Family filters to households in this land of sugar cane plantations and mist-capped hills where piped water is rare and unsafe for drinking. The microbiological filter is composed of a plastic container and a long hose leading to a tube equipped with a hollow fibre filter, which catches bacteria, parasites and viruses.

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