Bangladesh map outline
Quick Facts
Capital: Dhaka
Population of 160 million
20 million lack access to safe water
63 million lack access to improved sanitation
77% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day

Bangladesh's Water Crisis

COUNTRY FACTS

  • 20 million lack access to safe water
  • 63 million lack access to improved sanitation
  • 57% of the total population lives on less than US$3.10 per day
Bangladesh map outline

PROGRAM STATS

  • Water.org programs started in 2003
  • 6 WaterCredit programs
  • 43,222 WaterCredit loans disbursed
  • Approximately US$10.6 million provided in loans
  • 492,000 people reached

The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has one of the highest population densities in the world, with a population of 160 million living within 57,000 square miles. Of those 160 million people, 13 percent lack safe water and 39 percent lack improved sanitation.

Lack of access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities in rural areas, overcrowded conditions, and a lack of healthy ways of disposing waste in urban centers, all contribute to the water and sanitation crisis in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is known as the birthplace of microfinance and has seen vibrant and sustained growth of the sector. The result has been enormous impact on financial inclusion of those living in poverty, particularly women. Through programming, Water.org is leveraging the microfinance sector to address the demand for access to safe water and improved sanitation.

OUR IMPACT

Water.org is currently implementing WaterCredit programs in Bangladesh. With support from the IKEA Foundation and Inditex, we are working with six local microfinance institutions to launch and expand WaterCredit. Water.org is also exploring opportunities to partner with additional organizations, both financial and non-financial, to provide alternative water and sanitation solutions.