“I am very happy with this project that brings Wateroam technology. It enables me to have some revenue for my family and I can have access to clean water without any concern. It also enables my community to access clean water at an affordable price so we all can save our money for better living standing without wasting our money to buy medicines when we got diarrhoea.”
– Sok Kun, Villager
Wateroam and New Life Foundation (NLF) are bringing clean water and small business opportunities to communities in Cambodia through a program called the Sustainable Water Project (SWP).
The SWP is designed to provide accessible and affordable water to rural villagers, while also increasing the livelihoods of many involved. The result is not only improved health for the community, but also jobs where opportunities for income are limited.
The first pilot site, in Takeo Province of Cambodia, has been a resounding success. Most residents are elderly individuals and farmers who rely on rain water harvesting. Their drinking water is often contaminated during its collection from dirty rooftops and while in storage cisterns that are prone to mosquito breeding. Firewood is scarce and must be used for cooking, so few families boil their water before drinking it. As a result, villagers are at risk of water-borne diseases and poorer quality of life. This bold endeavor is not only an initiative to improve health, but it’s a widespread community development project with a sustainable future.
One of the micro-entrepreneurs benefiting from the Sustainable Water Project
In March 2019, one of our incredible Champions, NLF, visited a church in Trapang Vihear to install a ROAMfilter™ Plus, a water tank and piping which instantly resulted in 40 children and their families having access to clean water. NLF then trained locals in the production, packaging, distribution and sales of this clean water to create a micro-entrepreneurship scheme for families to earn additional revenue.
During the first few months, those involved made an average of $70 per month. In a country where rural monthly salaries are roughly $400, this increased income can have a substantial impact on the well-being of a family. And, through the affordable rates of this bottled water, 50 more households in the community can now purchase clean drinking water for their homes. In the coming months, the church in Trapang Vihear intends to increase its self-sustainability by selling water to two NGOs and doubling its number of sales agents, widening the positive impact created by just a single water filter.
The ROAMfilter™ Plus in action in Trapang Vihear
“Seeing the community being able to access clean water, really makes my heart smile. I am happy to do more of this project because I want to see other communities also receive this clean water so they can live a better life as well.” – New Life Foundation Field Staff
Wateroam and NLF want to replicate this exciting and rewarding program in other villages, but we can’t do it without you. Contact us below to see how you can help give 650 families in Kratie Province a better quality of life!
Blog Author: Michelle Falcone
Did you know, 525,000 children under 5 die from diarrhoeal diseases every year? Millions more fall ill due to water-borne diseases caused by the lack of access to clean drinking water.
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