Cambodia's water and sanitation crisis

More than 2 million people in Cambodia lack access to safe water, and 3 million lack access to improved sanitation. With approximately 77 percent of Cambodians living in rural areas, poor access to safe water and sanitation disproportionately affects its rural communities.

Although Cambodia has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, access to affordable financing for water and sanitation remains a barrier for families to secure water connections and toilets for their homes.

In Cambodia and around the world, millions are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic with the added challenge of living without access to safe water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Cambodia.

There is positive momentum as the government of Cambodia set an aggressive goal to reach 100 percent access to improved water and sanitation in rural areas by 2025.

1.7 M 1.7 million people reached
$204 M $204 million in loans disbursed by our partners
394 K 394,000 loans disbursed for water and sanitation
  • Stories of Impact

    Giving babies a healthy start with water

    For Sophon, there was nothing beautiful about the water-related burdens she endured much of her life in rural Cambodia. She wanted to end those burdens for her son.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Hang and Phat have much to celebrate

    Hang and Phat live in a rural Cambodian village. Their son recently announced his engagement to be married. It is traditional to host the celebration at the groom’s family home but Hang and Phat did not have a toilet. Read about how's work in Cambodia changed their story.

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