Water and
Sanitation

The impact of poor water and sanitation is colossal: water-related diseases such as typhoid kill two million people every year and diarrhoea is the second biggest cause of death of children under five. The consequences extend beyond poor health, harming education, livelihoods, and wellbeing.

We are a small family foundation with big ambitions to transform the water and sanitation sector by pioneering long-lasting, sustainable solutions that overcome the failure of traditional infrastructure-only approaches. We provide risk capital to innovative enterprises and new ideas that have the potential to achieve transformational change.

At the heart of our approach is a belief in the power of entrepreneurship to be a disruptive force that can accelerate positive change in people’s lives.

Market-based approaches are not a silver bullet. But, for certain markets and customers, they offer the possibility of high-quality, affordable and reliable services that are financial sustainable—by generating revenues from households, government or others.

We provide grants and impact investments to high-potential enterprises, along with non-financial support and expert advice to help our partners achieve successful, financially viable businesses.

Our geographic focus is sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, particularly Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia as well as Cambodia and Bangladesh

Portfolio

Resources

We have developed a set of resources to provide more detail and to share learnings from the portfolio
What We Do 2021
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Innovative Finance for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Cambodia Revenue Finance Facility
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The Cambodia Rural Sanitation DIB: Lessons learnt from the first year
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Lessons Learnt Funding WASH Enterprises
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Cambodia Rural Sanitation DIB: Fact Sheet
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How to Spend a Penny 10 Lessons
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