|Title||Micro-credit and rainwater harvesting : paper presented at the IRC symposium ‘ Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services' in The Hague, The Netherlands from 16 - 18 November 2010|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Nijhof, S, Shrestha, BR|
|Pagination||10 p.; 10 ref.; 1 box; 3 photographs|
|Place Published||The Hague, The Netherlands|
|Keywords||microcredit, rainwater, rainwater harvesting, safe water supply, water supply|
Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) has proven to be a viable alternative water source in challenging environments where other means of water supply have very little or no potential. RWH is often the only solution for water supply particularly in : areas where groundwater levels are very deep or contaminated due the composition of geological aquifers; lands that are arid or semi-arid lands; small coral and volcanic islands, and in remote and scattered human settlements. In the last two decades, interest in RWH has grown. However, one of the main challenges in relation to the construction of RWH systems is that initial investment costs for rainwater harvesting systems are relatively high, limiting replication in poor communities. Access to micro-credit could empower households in remote and underserved areas to finance their own RWH systems. Next to this, micro-credit could replace subsidy, making it a more sustainable water supply option. Through the promotion of RWH, there is also the possibility to enhance the income of poor people if it is combined with income generating (IG) activities and programmes.