The Water & Sanitation Crisis in India
India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1.2 billion citizens. Roughly half of India’s population, a staggering 569 million, practice open defecation.
The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further, over 500 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhea in India alone.
With its strong microfinance sector and extensive need for improved water supply and sanitation solutions, India provides one of the greatest opportunities for Water.org to scale WaterCredit. Monitor Deloitte estimates that the rural sanitation market in India is worth US$25 billion.
Since 2003, Water.org has played a significant role in India’s progress towards improved water, sanitation and hygiene. Through WaterCredit, we have reached more than 3.4 million people across 12 states with safe water and sanitation. By partnering with different types of organizations including microfinance institutions, self-help group federations, housing finance corporations, commercial banks, payment banks, social enterprises and the Government of India, Water.org is mobilizing resources and sharing knowledge to increase access to improved sanitation and safe water.