The Kenya Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) sector has been on a long path of facilitating commercial lending to Water Service Providers (WSPs). A key component of this effort is the evolution of rating the credit risk of WSPs for local lenders. Wasreb and the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank have created a WSPs Creditworthiness Index and designed Toolkits for WSPs, County Governments and Lenders to facilitate access to commercial lending and financing of the water and sanitation sector in Kenya.
All the toolkits provide a standardized procedure for loan application and appraisal for investments in water and sanitation projects. The toolkits are specifically designed for the Kenya market.
A) CREDITWORTHNESS INDEX
The Creditworthiness Index provides a proxy rating in lieu of performing full shadow credit rating analysis. It will provide lenders with an initial overview credit screening of WSPs. It will also provide the WSPs with a benchmark to measure their overall creditworthiness as well as their individual financial performance against their peers. The examination of the financial and operational indicators, in comparison to the market, will assist WSPs to gauge performance and institute measures to improve business efficiency and creditworthiness.
D) LENDERS TOOLS KIT .
This toolkit is designed to give lenders useful insights into how the water sector in Kenya operates to help facilitate commercial lending into the sector. The toolkit is a resource for bank officers, bank credit committee members, water project investors and guarantors.