In January 2009, the Streams of Knowledge Foundation started a 10-month Piliot and Demonstration Activity (PDA) on Assessing and Developing Models for Financing Small Scale Water Service Providers (SSWSPs) with US$ 50,000 funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
SSWSPs bring water to rural and urban population unserved by water utilities, playing a vital role in meeting water and sanitation needs. Often, however, SSWSPs’ operations and expansion have been limited; their participation in water and sanitation provision curtailed by the lack of institutional or legal framework and access to financing.
In the Philippines, SSWSPs are increasingly being recognized by national water agencies and financing institutions. Such recognition may open up financing windows for SSWSPs with rural and commercial banks. This PDA will provide financial models more responsive to SSWSPs needs.