Water.org Cambodia Team Hosts WaterCredit Exchange Visit from Ethiopia 

The Water.org Cambodia team and its WaterCredit MFI partners hosted an exchange visit for Water.org’s Ethiopian partners in September 2017 to help promote cross-sharing of successes and lessons learned throughout their WaterCredit program implementation. Cambodia’s WaterCredit program launched in 2015 and has already shown strong results and impact in the country, providing the newer Ethiopian partners a good model to learn from. 

The four-day visit consisted of visits to the headquarter and branch locations of Vision Fund Cambodia and SAMIC, where the management and WASH teams shared experiences using various toolkits including marketing materials.  Key topics covered included effective program design, water supply and sanitation (WSS) loan policy and procedures, demand triggering, hygiene education, supply chain, and local authority engagement. Ethiopian partners also interviewed clients to further understand WSS facility usage and clients’ experiences.  In return, Cambodian team learned from Ethiopian partners about WSS and microfinance sector landscape in Ethiopia.  The visit was full of exchange – both technical and cultural – and was deemed a success by all participants.  

Contributed by Water.org, Cambodia