Year 2 of our five-year partnership marked a year of great progress:
- Completed robust WASH (Water, Access, Sanitation and Hygiene) Needs Assessments in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, as well as the completion of our baseline in Madhya Pradesh, providing us with invaluable inputs to inform our program design and guide our implementation.
- In addition, Water.org established public and private sector partnerships with key organizations in the water and finance sectors including the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Missions, UNICEF, Sa-Dhan – a leading association of microfinance institutions, and Reckitt Benckiser; all that are expected to help increase WASH services and financing for communities in our target states.
- The Institute of Sustainable Communities (ISC) launched the W+W Alliance Advisory Committee, comprised of 15 national experts across a wide range of subject specializations, to help identify opportunity areas to pilot water stewardship best practices that can drive systematic change in the textile sector in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
- And lastly, over 19,700 rural women across five districts in Madhya Pradesh graduated from the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program!
But most importantly, Year 2 marked positive change for the people whose lives we are focused on impacting through our collective efforts…