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This paper looks at the development of a water and sanitation loan fund deployed through a network of
groups in Southern India. The success of the loan fund reduced barriers to credit from
formal lending institutions and increased investment in water and sanitation facilities. Results from this
case study indicate that microfinance
principles can be successfully applied to the water and sanitation
sector. The objectives of this case study are to summarize what is known about this loan program and
explore the possibilities and limitations of this new financing model for the water and sanitation sector.