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Field Implementation | India | Assessment
December 2019

Promoting Women Entrepreneurship in WASH Through Small Water Enterprises: Project Completion Report

By: Poonam Sewak | Pooja Singh | Reena Kumari


Developed with support from the India Water Partnership, this report assesses the capability of 28 women from self-help groups and female social entrepreneurs to operate and maintain small water enterprises. Findings suggest that the livelihoods of participants improved over time, making a case for policies that enable women-supportive ecosystems to provide opportunities for women’s participation in income-generating roles and in community leadership positions enabled by SWEs.

This report advances Safe Water Network India’s initiative, the iJal Empowerment Program, to break traditional barriers and enhance women’s role as “water carriers” to that of “water managers” — as entrepreneurs, operators, and community mobilizers.

Developed with support from the India Water Partnership, this report assesses the capability of 28 women from self-help groups and female social entrepreneurs to operate and maintain small water enterprises. Findings suggest that the livelihoods of participants improved over time, making a case for policies that enable women-supportive ecosystems to provide opportunities for women’s participation in income-generating roles and in community leadership positions enabled by SWEs.

This report advances Safe Water Network India’s initiative, the iJal Empowerment Program, to break traditional barriers and enhance women’s role as “water carriers” to that of “water managers” — as entrepreneurs, operators, and community mobilizers.