Azure's mission is to provide a reliable supply of safe water to under-served urban and rural households.
Azure provides technical services and financing through two entities.
Azure Technical Services (ATS) is a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Azure S.A., a Salvadoran-based social enterprise.
ATS supports Water Service Providers (WSP) to expand and improve water and sanitation services by providing:
Azure Technical Services are partially funded by WSPs that pay for these services. ATS activities are also subsidized by technical service grants from Catholic Relief Services, MIF, Rotary Club, and other supporters
Azure Source Capital is a special financial vehicle established to mobilize loan capital for Water Service Providers in small cities and rural communities in Latin America. ASC is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered in the state of Maryland, and managed by Total Impact Capital.
In El Salvador, ASC established a trust (fideicomiso) called, "FideAgua", managed by the national development bank of El Salvador (BANDESAL). FideAgua loans capital to local financial institutions (banks and credit cooperatives) to on-lend to water service providers at competitive interest rates.
A portion of loan repayments from WSPs to FideAgua are invested into Azure Technical Services to provide ongoing support to WSPs that have accessed loans provided by ASC.
Mobilize capital and technical support for water service providers to upgrade and expand water services.
Azure's management team includes international business people and Salvadoran water specialists.
Director of Water and Land Restoration for Catholic Relief Services. Paul has extensive experience leading projects in water supply and source water protection. He led the design and start-up of Azure, in collaboration with principals of Azure S.A. Paul provides strategic direction and technical advice for implementation and expansion of the Azure model.
Azure Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. Environmental Management Specialist with an MBA with experience working in project management and consulting related to integrated water resource management, water and sanitation, waste management, and rural economic development.
Principal, Bryan has expertise in financial and market analysis and small and medium enterprise development. Bryan has extensive international experience and has led the financial and business analysis for Azure since original feasibility study. Bryan is a co-founder and principal for Absolute Options, a development consultancy firm, based in the USA.
Principal, David is an agricultural economist with expertise in value chain analysis and small and medium business development. David has nearly 20 years of overseas experience with NGOs (including CRS), USAID, and the private sector. David led the feasibility studies for Azure in two countries and plays a key role in strategic planning for Azure.
Principal & Manager, Oscar Rodriquez is a Salvadoran physician with more than 20 years’ experience in the water sector. He has worked for public sector agencies, donors (World Bank) and international NGOs (CRS, CARE, and others). Oscar led an IDB-funded program that provided the foundation for Azure.
Principal & Senior Water Engineer, Rodolfo Pacheco is a Salvadoran water engineer with expertise in designing, building, and maintaining water systems in rural El Salvador, including more than 20 years’ experience with national and international NGOs. Pacheco was the lead engineer on an IDB-funded program that provided the foundation for Azure.