Building community-run, self-sustaining water distribution networks to provide clean running water and sanitation facilities to poor Bolivian families living in peri-urban and rural areas.
More than 3 million Bolivians in peri-urban and rural areas lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Diarrhea and water-related illnesses are the number-one cause of mortality. Providing access to clean water is the most effective investment in public health and the future of a country, but the cost of water provision can be prohibitive. This program uses a unique community partnership model, which makes water and sanitation affordable for all.
The program provides engineering design, building material, training and micro-credit loans to local communities (water committees) to build, manage and own their own sustainable water distribution system, greatly reducing the personal cost of water
By creating a sustainable solution to water delivery, one-time investments now result in access to water and sanitation for life, with tremendous impact on health and people’s livelihoods. 85,000 people in 17,000 homes will benefit in this way.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Seed Awards 2005