Accelerate Microfinance for Clean Water in Africa

To test and document credit and savings products for water and sanitation.

Accelerate Microfinance for Clean Water in Africa

In 2010, and The MasterCard Foundation launched a $3.6 million partnership to bring clean drinking water and sanitation services to people in Sub-Saharan Africa in the next four years. This partnership will enable one of the largest WaterCredit initiatives to date and is anticipated to mobilize over $15 million of additional commercial and social capital into the water and sanitation sector in these countries.’s WaterCredit program, which facilitates microfinance for water and sanitation, continues to gain momentum in Africa and southern Asia for bringing services to those living in poverty.

The partnership with The MasterCard Foundation facilitated one of the largest expansions of water and sanitation microfinance to-date in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to providing client services, the program was designed to increase the capabilities of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the region while developing and deploying cross-sector forums, toolkits, exposure visits, and impact evaluations. Program work began in October 2010 in Kenya and then followed with a phased expansion in Uganda.


  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...


    Implementing NGO, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    At they envision the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water and experience the dignity of a toilet. For 25 years, they have been at the forefront of developing...

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Key Information

LocationCentral Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 3.6 Million