Improving Water Point Sustainability through Savings Groups
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45% of wells in rural Uganda are broken. The majority fall into disuse after several years of inadequate maintenance. In communities where two-thirds of households lack cash savings, the challenge of collectively saving for future repairs is evident. In 2017, Water Trust adapted the Savings Group methodology to help members save for a shared water point.
This brief, summarizes the year-two results of the pilot as well as the year-one results of the initial scaleup.
111 groups trained and actively financing water point maintenance and repairs
94% of pilot groups and water points active and functioning after two years
$169 spent on water point maintenance or kept in reserve fund after two years of group operations
Total annual group savings and interest generated increased from $1,500 in year one to $2,300 in year two