Microfinance: local entrepreneurs in Bangladesh provide affordable sanitation
Updated - Wednesday 18 November 2009
With access to microcredit, local small entrepreneurs can now produce and market a range of affordable sanitation options for households. Many households in Bangladesh are under pressure to move from very low-cost to very high-cost sanitation technology options with a significant debt burden.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission, a national NGO in Bangladesh, is piloting a microfinance scheme for local private manufacturers in Jamalpur Sadar Upazilla, a sub district of Dhaka division. The NGO signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2009 with the Association for Social Advancement (ASA), a leading microfinance institute.
The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) facilitated this process of linking local private manufacturers with micro-finance agencies to bring finance and technology together to make available a range of affordable sanitation options for households.
- Microfinance: improving access to water supply and sanitation in urban India, Source Weekly, 08 Dec 2008
- Microfinance: unique partnership aims to spur innovation in India’s sanitation sector, Source Weekly, 08 Dec 2008
Related publication: Mehta, M. (2008). Assessing microfinance for water and sanitation : exploring opportunities for sustainable scaling up. Seattle, WA, USA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Download full report.
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Contact: Rokeya Ahmed, WSP South Asia, email@example.com
Source: WSP Access, Oct 2009
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