Currently, the absence of treated water and inadequate sanitation contribute to a significant health burden, resulting in an estimated 10 million cases of diarrhea and 10,000 deaths annually, primarily affecting children in rural areas in Cambodia. Hydrologic, a social enterprise, has made substantial progress by providing ceramic water purifiers to nearly two million Cambodians. These filters enable families to access safe drinking water, eliminating the need for water boiling, which in turn reduces indoor air pollution from wood burning, lowers household fuel expenses, saves time for women and children, and safeguards Cambodia's vulnerable forests.
The project not only addresses the water crisis but also generates employment opportunities in rural areas through filter manufacturing and distribution. Hydrologic emphasizes gender diversity, with women comprising 47% of its workforce, including 60% of top-level managers and 60% of the rural sales force. To enhance accessibility, the organization collaborates with a microfinance institution, offering filters on credit to make them more affordable for a wider range of Cambodians.