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Quick Facts
Capital: Phnom Penh
Population of 15.6 million
3.8 million lack access to safe water
9 million lack access to improved sanitation
63% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day

Cambodia's Water Crisis

Water.org began research and development efforts in Cambodia in 2014 with the help of the New Ventures Fund, a pool of flexible innovation funding. These efforts laid the foundation for expansion into Cambodia. Water.org now has two certified in-country partners, and plans to begin disbursing WaterCredit loans in early 2016.

The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Cambodia

25% of the total population in Cambodia lack access to safe water, and 58% lack access to improved sanitation. With approximately 80% of Cambodians living in rural areas, water operators in Cambodia are struggling to secure the resources needed to expand coverage to those in need.

Research conducted by Water.org suggests that limited access to affordable financing for water and sanitation remains a barrier for families in need to secure water connections and toilets for their homes. With a healthy, growing microfinance sector and high water and sanitation needs, Cambodia represents an excellent platform for expanding WaterCredit.