Cambodia's water and sanitation crisis

Approximately 4 million people out of the total population in Cambodia lack access to safe water, and 6 million lack access to improved sanitation. With approximately 80 percent of Cambodians living in rural areas, poor access to safe water and sanitation disproportionately affects its rural communities. Although Cambodia has one the fastest growing economies in Asia, the GDP per capita still remains low compared to neighboring countries, and access to affordable financing for water and sanitation remains a barrier for families in need to secure water connections and toilets for their homes.

Access to affordable financing for water and sanitation remains a barrier for families in need of safe water and sanitation in Cambodia.

Our impact in Cambodia

Cambodia is an ideal environment for our WaterCredit solution. A well-developed microfinance sector in a country with high water and sanitation needs represents an excellent platform for expanding access to affordable financing for water supply and sanitation improvements. Water.org laid the groundwork in Cambodia in 2014 and launched the first WaterCredit program in 2015. 

Water.org is now working with five local microfinance institutions and meeting the demand of low-income families. Our partners started lending activities in the fall of 2016, after finalizing market research and loan product development. The program had an ambitious goal of reaching more than 300,000 people in three years and we achieved that goal in less than two years. This demonstrates suitability of our WaterCredit solution in the Cambodian market as well as the strong commitment of our partner institutions.  Water.org sees great potential to scale our impact in Cambodia by expanding WaterCredit as well as implementing other innovative interventions to reach even more people with access to safe water and sanitation.

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