WATER: A is for Access

Jaki smiling in India

For a mother of four, access to a piped connection would mean so much more than just a safe drink: it would help her earn more money and improve her family's home.

Janki works for a group of farms near her home outside Nagpur, India. Her husband works as a carpenter. Together they make just enough money to send their four children to school, and to slowly work towards improving their house. But, even though they have the funds to add another room, and even though they have the materials to cover their dirt floors with sanitary concrete, they lack one necessary ingredient: water.
Janki holding water

Janki needs water to mix the concrete. Her husband needs water to quench his thirst after moving heavy cinderblocks. Janki's kids need water to take with them to school. Access to a household tap would change everything.

That's where you come in. By supporting Water.org, you help us provide women like Janki with small loans called WaterCredit. In India, these loans allow women to install household taps – giving them access to the life-changing water which was already flowing underneath their feet.

Access to water can give women like Janki the ability to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Janki standing with a woman

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day