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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
photo credit; water.org
Water.org is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization working to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Water.org has been in operation since 1990, implementing sustainable and scalable water and sanitation programs in conjunction with local partners, particularly financial institutions. Water.org has expanded its WaterCredit initiative over the last several years, which works by building the capacity of carefully selected local financial institutions to offer affordable financing for water and sanitation facilities. WaterCredit programs support financial institutions through a combination of financial assistance and technical support. Since 2003, Water.org has implemented WaterCredit programs with 52 partner financial institutions in 9 countries, facilitating 520,000 water and sanitation loans totaling over $120 million.
Water.org has overseas offices in Chennai, Dhaka, Nairobi, Lima, and Jakarta. Water.org is in the process of opening an office in Manila and launching WaterCredit programs in the Philippines. Water.org has already partnered with four local financial institutions and seeks to build additional partnerships with financial institutions as well as water and sanitation service providers to increase investment in the water and sanitation sector.