Make it rain

Gilbert standing in his doorway

Depending on their situation, many of the world's poor often don't need charity as much as they need access to affordable loans.

Water.org created WaterCredit so people like Gilbert could take hold of their own water and sanitation needs.

In the Kenyan village of Kigiru, Gilbert and his wife, Ester, rent rooms to a number of families. With a loan through WaterCredit, Gilbert was able to purchase two large water tanks to catch rain, giving them, and their tenant families, safe water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. That is a lasting impact that lives on long after their original loan is repaid.

Out of more than one million loans distributed across eight countries, 99% of them have been repaid. As each loan is repaid, the money becomes available to the next person who needs it. It's a practical, pay-it-forward system, built from the bottom up. And thanks to donors like you, it's more than doubled our number of people reached in just two years.


Give to Water.org and help turn the responsibility of repaying a loan into an opportunity to help someone else fund their own solution.

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Capital: Nairobi
Population of 46.7 million
17.3 million lack access to safe water
32.7 million lack access to improved sanitation
43% of the total population lives below the national poverty line
Kenya