1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

Safe Water & Sanitation Solutions

Men pulling water from a well.

Small loans, big impact: WaterCredit

Using microfinancing in new ways to bring small, affordable, easily repayable loans to those who need access to affordable financing and expert resources to make household water and toilet solutions a reality.

Bringing leaders into the conversation: Global Advocacy

Laying the groundwork for change on a global and local level through research and evidence, theory and experience, our deeply expert advocates bring local world leaders and everyday individuals together to make strides on the ground that turn into lasting transformation.

Ongoing research and development of new solutions: New Ventures Fund

Exploring every angle on the water crisis and building, testing, and iterating on approaches that make the most of the resources we have while giving back the most to the people we serve.

Keys to our success:

We get local.

When you connect the right local partners and participants with the right expertise and resources, the results are solutions that work. We work directly with in-country partner organizations that are immersed in their communities and have a vested interest in helping them thrive.

These partners are:

  • Carefully screened for quality by Water.org
  • Best positioned to understand and navigate social, political, and economic issues at the local level
  • Savvy at leveraging local financial resources to see projects through
  • Closest to our customers and understand the unique needs of the communities we serve
  • Capable of sustaining water and sanitation solutions in their communities

"We find that Water.org is open to new ideas and experimentation. They are quick to respond and very quick to answer. All of the staff members are committed to the water development and sanitation process. [Water.org] believes that this work is important and good for the people. They have commitment as well as empathy. This attitude is quite reassuring to us. We are not left wondering whether they see an idea the same way . . . We know we are sailing together." - Nanda Vardhan, Society for Integrated Development in Urban and Rural Areas (SIDUR)

We educate.

Without a good understanding of the link between hygiene and disease, the health benefits of safe water and sanitation can be easily lost. Water.org understands this and holds intensive training and motivational seminars throughout projects on the link between good health and good hygiene. Linking sanitation with common health concerns increases community commitment and involvement.

We measure.

We are committed to setting up a system that works at scale and lives long after we do. To do this, we must diligently monitor and evaluate our impact as an organization. Throughout the life of our programming we require partners to submit monthly reports and quarterly work plans so that we can track their progress and provide assistance and resources when needed. To validate and support partner reporting, our in-country staff visits the households of our clients to collect additional information and ensure that the borrower’s water and/or sanitation improvement was properly constructed and remains operational. Finally, we also hire objective third parties to conduct impact assessments of our work. This means we are measuring the before and after of many of our programs so that we can better understand the health, educational, safety and economic impacts that WaterCredit has on the communities we serve. Bangladesh University of Technology, Emory University, Stanford University, NR Management Consultants of India, NEERMAN, HDRC, Skoll Foundation and more have conducted case studies and impact assessments of past programming. All of our monitoring and evaluation efforts provide critical insights into lessons learned and guide us towards a more sustainable model.