Friends of Women’s World Banking – India (FWWB-I) initiated interventions on infrastructure credit in the year 2000 that gained momentum over the years and in the year 2008–09, FWWB-I’s Water and Sanitation program titled ‘WATSAN’ was launched. The main objective of this program was to improve the overall quality of life of women by facilitating access to Water and Sanitation through credit services and awareness creation of hygiene and sanitation through its various partners.
FWWB-I assists its partner MFIs in training and capacity building initiatives, especially in linking with technical consultants, training on hygiene and sanitation awareness, demand creation, technical training, etc. After conducting monitoring visits and holding discussions with WATSAN partner organizations and industry experts, what emerged clearly was the immediate need for FWWB-I to play a deeper role in implementing the Water & Sanitation loan product.
As a step in this direction , a workshop on ‘Best Practices for MFIs on Water and Sanitation’, was held on 1st and 2nd of February, 2011 in Ahmedabad, with the participation from more than twenty organizations; including MFI partners, funding agencies, technical experts, etc.
About Friends of Women’s World Banking – India – FWWB-I
(FWWB-I), was promoted in 1982 by SEWA Bank, as an affiliate of Women’s World Banking, a global network created to focus on the need for women’s direct access to financial services.
FWWB-I works in the areas of women empowerment, strengthening community based and micro finance institutions, livelihood promotion and need based financial products and services that impact the lives of the poor women and their family.