Social businesses built to grow
impact in the rural WASH market

Our businesses serve the aspirational BOP consumer with modern products across Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Bangladesh.

WaterSHED Ventures




WaterSHED Ventures is a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) products company that offers modern choices for the aspirational BOP consumer. Based in Cambodia, the team has introduced Paradise Shelter – the world’s first flat-packed permanent latrine shelter for the rural consumer. It also distributes the award-winning LaBobo portable sink.

2014: Established as a subsidiary of WaterSHED NGO in Cambodia

2015: Designed and launched the Paradise latrine shelter — the first prefabricated toilet shelter for the BOP market, winner of the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge

2016: Began production and test selling the Paradise shelter with WaterAid Cambodia

2017: Now marketing brands include: Tuek Amret household drinking water filters, Paradise latrine shelter, LaBobo handwashing station, and Happy Child child potty — winner of Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health

HappyTap Co. is a social business headquartered in Vietnam that designs, manufactures, and sells the HappyTap – the first-of-its-kind portable sink to encourage consistent handwashing with soap. It is the only device on the market that offers a modern, convenient choice for the aspirational BOP consumer. Having sold 10,000 units in less than 3 years, the HappyTap team is seeking partners who can help accelerate growth and scale the business.

HappyTap Co. is an independent social business, wholly owned by WaterSHED.

2013: Established HappyTap Co. with USAID DIV, to distribute the portable sink locally branded LaBobo; a top three finalist of the World Design Impact Prize, and top ten finalist of Sankalp Southeast Asia Awards

2014: Retails in 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta region & Ho Chi Minh City

2016: More than 10,000 units sold at full retail price

2017: Expansion to Bangladesh


Hydrologic is the first WASH company incubated by WaterSHED, and our largest investment to date. Today, the small business has grown to become the leading producer and distributor of household drinking water filters in Cambodia.

2009: Incubated Hydrologic to become a social enterprise with funding and direct technical assistance

2010: Invested in a rural sales force; consumer, market, and technical studies, and product and marketing enhancements, and a new factory in Kg Chhnang that doubled Hydrologic’s manufacturing capacity.

2011: Successfully adapted a carbon credit protocol for cookstoves to be used for household drinking water filters – paving the way for a new revenue stream for clean water products

2012: Registered the production and distribution of water filters as a carbon project under Gold Standard Foundation

2012: Hydrologic wins prestigious Ashden Award for “avoided deforestation”

2012: Successful exit by WaterSHED

TerraClear is a social enterprise that sells locally produced ceramic water filters to families living in rural communities across Laos. It was one of WaterSHED’s first investments outside of Cambodia.

2009: WaterSHED provides technical assistance for new ceramic water filter business

2010: opening of new production facility for ceramic water filters

2010: WaterSHED advises on strategic business model that results in an expansion of TerraClear’s distribution network. TerraClear signs first 20 retail partners in target areas.

2011: WaterSHED successfully exits investment in TerraClear

2012: TerraClear is accepted as a carbon eligible project under the Gold Standard Foundation. Through this initiative, TerraClear receives carbon revenue from each sale of a ceramic water filter.