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

Digging Is Easy

Woman holds her loan card

We are not alone in our mission, which is a wonderful thing. It takes all kinds to solve a problem of this magnitude. We started by digging community wells and today we think the best way to help people get access to safe water is to help them get access to small, affordable loans made possible through something we call WaterCredit. Here are a few other things that Water.org does that set us apart from the rest:

  • We think in terms of practical economic solutions. While it often only takes a few days between when the drilling rig appears and the new water point is in place, many months of preparation go into establishing a sustainable water project in a community.

  • We believe in the power and autonomy of the people we serve. They are people with financial power, rights, and the capabilities to define their own futures. They know the specific needs of their communities and what will work; we have resources that can help make it happen.

  • We know what works long-term. We've been dedicated to this issue for more than 25 years, building solutions, making progress, and looking at the problem from every angle to find new and better ways to put water expertise to work.

  • We are a think tank with arms and legs. We are engineers and entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives and economists, looking for permanent ways to disrupt poverty and build prosperity into emerging markets.