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Nepal: Rural Water Enterprise Development

Guneshwar MahatoIn the Nawalparasi district, about 79,000 people are at risk of drinking water that is contaminated with arsenic. Drinking such water over a long period is resulting in various health effects including skin problems, skin cancer, and cancer of the bladder, kidney and lung as well as other diseases. Through installing three solar-powered water purification units and the development of related water enterprises in a village community and in two hospitals in the district, the project will provide access to safe drinking water and income-generating opportunities for the local population. Besides contributing to the social and economic development and empowerment of these communities, the project also aims at demonstrating the viability and sustainability of the associated business models. This in turn should attract local investors for the development of additional safe water enterprises in Nepal.

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