Urban Small Water Enterprise (USWE)

The Urban Small Water Enterprise program addresses the challenge of providing safe water in urban slums by assessing the policy landscape around Small Water Enterprises (SWE), understanding the challenges and key drivers of success and providing tools to support the implementation of SWEs. An SWE is a business that purifies and sells water on a small scale to populations living in areas where piped water is unavailable. This program developed and made three tools (financial viability, water quality and technology, monitoring and evaluation) available as mobile apps to help entrepreneurs make their SWEs successful. Safe Water Network conducted consumer and health surveys in four cities and shared the reports with stakeholders. 

This project is in partnership with several public and private sector partners including PepsioCo Foundation, Neman’s Own Foundation, and the Ministry of Urban Development.


Women Mobilize to Promote Cheaper, Cleaner Drinking Water in India (FY 2017 Project Profile)

2014 - 2017
Funding Level
Prime Implementing Partner
Population Focus
Activity Topics