Access to water turns poverty into possibility

Today 2.2 billion people — 1 in 4 — lack access to safe water at home. And 3.5 billion — 2 in 5 people — lack access to a safe toilet. The water crisis negatively impacts the health and livelihood of more than one-third of our global population. We exist to change this.

For millions of women, children, and communities, access to safe water can turn problems into potential — unlocking education, economic opportunity and improved health.

  • 1990

    A humble beginning

    Gary creates WaterPartners International to help Latin American communities impacted by the water crisis.


    Woman carries a water vessel in Honduras
  • 2003

    A new solution

    The WaterCredit Initiative® is created, making loans for water and sanitation more accessible to families living in developing countries around the world. Co-founder Gary White in India
  • 2009 is born

    After meeting at an international summit on global poverty, Gary and Matt discovered their approaches and strengths complemented each other – and was born. Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White in India
  • 2024

    Scaling our impact

    Our smart solutions are working and scaling at an unprecedented rate. We've now reached more than 63 million people, 9.2 million in the past year alone.

    Woman holds a water vessel in India

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We envision a day when everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. We seek to do more, faster, and in partnership with others to unlock the flow of financing for water and sanitation.

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