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Initiative

Women-Centered Finance with Health

THE CHALLENGE

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.**

THE OPPORTUNITY

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

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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.

 

* Source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html

** Source : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2981586/

By the Numbers

Current Portfolio as of March 31, 2019

$13.9 Active Capital Deployed
14 Partners

Cumulative Portfolio

1,723,178 Lives Impacted

Active Since 1997