Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, representing more than 35% of the world’s population.* Lack of sanitation contributes to about 10% of the global burden of disease, mainly via diarrheal diseases.**
Global Partnerships aims to improve the health and economic position of low-income urban and peri-urban households by investing in social enterprises providing access to low-cost, hygienic toilets and waste management services.
WHO IS SERVED?
The target demographic is female microentrepreneurs living on less than $5.50 PPP/person/day.
WHAT IS DELIVERED?
Clients must receive:
- Small-to-medium size working capital loans, often delivered through group lending; AND
- Basic financial literacy; AND
- Access to health information & services.
May also receive:
- Access to savings;
- Loans delivered using other methodologies tailored to women’s productive use needs;
- Advanced business training;
- Follow-on specialized treatment;
- Access to essential medicines.
WHY IS IT IMPACTFUL?
Households experience the outcomes and impacts outlined in WCFE
Household health improves because with access to health information and services women are empowered to:
- Adopt healthier behaviors;
- Practice prevention;
- Seek and receive timely & appropriate treatment.