3 Changemaking Water Projects Improve Health & Sanitation in Rural Rwanda, Madagascar and India

Saying No To Water Privatization
When asked about the issue of water privatization, Faeth emphasized that none of these programs is actually purchasing water rights; they may be charging small fees for access, but every case permission and approval of the community is obtained, and indeed essential to success. In the case of the Bushproof project in Madagascar, village elders were consulted prior to project commencement.

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Bushproof: Leasing Hand Pumps and Providing Clean Water
In the Bushproof project, villagers are offered hand-pump leasing and maintenance services so that community water sources can be accessed affordably. Villagers pay a small fee per bucket of water collected—Faeth says its about $.01 per bucket—and Bushproof is required to maintain the pumps. If the pumps breakdown, Bushproof loses money until they are fixed. By providing a direct profit motive the program can be financially self-sustaining.

Again, GWC’s literature fleshes out the details,

Bushproof creates demand through direct and social marketing, including personal field visits by Bushproof and partner NGOs. It will outsource the collection of leasing payments to partner micro-finance organizations, which have greater expertise in managing rural debt. Because Bushproof outsources payment collection, its approach enables regular paying clients to increase their credit-worthiness. This is a huge advantage that will enable communities and local organizations to apply for additional credit for other projects.

More about the work ::: Bushproof is doing on their website.

The Naandi Foundation provides clean water to 27 million people in rural India:

Tags: Developing Nations | Drinking Water | India | Poverty | Rwanda

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