Cambodia's water and sanitation crisis

Out of its population of 16 million people, 12 million people (72% of the population) lack access to a reliable, safely managed source of water, and 3.8 million people (23%) lack access to improved sanitation solutions. With approximately 75 percent of Cambodians living in rural areas, lack of access to safe water and sanitation disproportionately affects rural communities.

Although Cambodia has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, access to affordable financing for water and sanitation remains a barrier for families to secure water connections and toilets for their homes. And the country is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. There is positive momentum as the government of Cambodia set an aggressive goal to reach 100 percent access to improved water and sanitation in rural areas by 2025.

  • Stories of Impact

    Giving babies a healthy start with water

    For Sophon, there was nothing beautiful about the water-related burdens she endured much of her life in rural Cambodia. She wanted to end those burdens for her son.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Sok's family has safe water now

    Across the country of Cambodia more than 2 million people in need lack access to safe water. Like millions of other women, to get the water Sok’s family needed to survive, she had no choice but to collect it from a nearby river. Read about how Sok got affordable access to safe water.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Hang and Phat have much to celebrate

    Hang and Phat live in a rural Cambodian village. Their son recently announced his engagement to be married. It is traditional to host the celebration at the groom’s family home but Hang and Phat did not have a toilet. Read about how's work in Cambodia changed their story.

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Cambodia impact statistics

People reached 1.9 million

The number of people who now have access to safe water or sanitation and the health and opportunity they bring.

Capital mobilized (USD) 272 million

Our partners mobilize funds from capital markets to provide water and sanitation loans.

Loans disbursed 430,000

Our local partners make loans to people in need for life-changing safe water and sanitation solutions.

Number of active partners 7

We work with financial institutions, service providers, international agencies, and governments to make an impact.

Repayment rate 99%

Every repaid loan means another family in need can get affordable access to safe water at home.

Average loan size (USD) $635

Small loans can help make a big difference by providing long-term solutions for families in need around the world.

Percent of women borrowers 84%

Women are primarily responsible for household water collection and are solving the water crisis for their families.

Households living under $6.85/day 90%

We are committed to helping people living in poverty get access to safe water and sanitation solutions at home.

To help us reach more people in need of safe water and sanitation in Cambodia, donate today.