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Bloomberg Davos 2019
Bloomberg - Ending the World's Water Crisis

Matt Damon and Gary White speak to Bloomberg's Francine Lacqua at The Year Ahead luncheon in Davos, Switzerland, about utilizing both direct philanthropic efforts and micro-finance investments to provide access to water and sanitation.

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CNBC - Water.org has helped 16 million people so far

“Our model is undeniable now.” -Co-founder Matt Damon. Through access to affordable financing, we’re changing more lives faster with safe water and sanitation.

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Nobel Dialogue panel
Nobel Week Dialogue - Water Matters

“What we’ve done is allow more than 16 million people to become their own activists and get access to water and sanitation through small loans.” Hear from our co-founder and CEO Gary White at this year's Nobel Week Dialogue discussion - Water Matters.

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Daily show
The Daily Show - Transforming Lives with Water.org and WaterEquity

Matt Damon and Gary White talk with Trevor Noah about their successful efforts to help millions of people in developing countries gain access to safe water.

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Philippine Water & Sanitation Forum
Stanford Social Innovation Review - Taps and Toilets for All

Written by Gary White and Matt Damon. Microfinance for water and sanitation enables people to find their own solutions.

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GineersNow cover story
Solving The Global Water Crisis: A Water.org Mission

Gary White shares his experience in building Water.org to what it is now, the organization’s accomplishments and their plan to transform 60 million more lives in the next five years.

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Water.org and Bank of America Expand Partnership to Bring Safe Water to India and Brazil

Water.org received a $3 million grant over three years from Bank of America to empower more than 250,000 people in southern India and Brazil with safe water and sanitation, accelerating positive change in their homes and communities.

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Harpic Launches Its 'More than a toilet' Campaign to Support Water.org

Harpic has launched its ‘More than a toilet’ campaign to support Water.org in its effort to end the water and sanitation crisis around the world. They will be raising awareness and funds in time for World Toilet Day on November 19th.

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Skoll Foundation - How to Spend a Billion Bucks? The Global Water Crisis

How would you spend a billion dollars? Gary White knows what he will do. The Water.org CEO and co-founder says his organization has reached the $1 billion milestone in its efforts to help people access clean water and sanitation.

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Water.org Announces $1 Billion in Capital Mobilized for Water and Sanitation Solutions for Families in Poverty

Water.org and its partners reached a critical milestone this month: mobilizing $1 billion in capital for small loans that have empowered 14 million people living in poverty to obtain safe water and sanitation

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Banco da Família meets annual credit goal for basic sanitation in just eight months

In partnership with Water.org, Banco da Família financed R $1.9 million for families to build or renovate their bathrooms.

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Water.org joins Finish Mondial to team up for affordable toilets worldwide

Water.org and Waste signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more closely together on the Finish Mondial concept, creating commercial lending facilities for both households, as well as suppliers in the whole supply chain for cheap toilet.

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World Water Week 2018

World Water Week brings together experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals to share new thinking and ideas to address the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

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CNN - Why Matt Damon is helping get water to the poor

Matt Damon and Gary White speak with CNN's Christiane Amanpour during their visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Milken Institute - Investing in Safe Water Allows Opportunities to Flow

Written by Gary White and Matt Damon - The power of impact investing is why we believe we’re now standing on the brink of the solution to finally end the global water crisis. That's why we created WaterEquity.

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Skoll Foundation - The Power of Water Micro-Lending as Income Enhancer

Water.org’s work in India has established that water and sanitation is not a consumption product, but a loan that helps enhance household income.

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CNBC Squawk Box – World Water Day: Crisis around the globe

Matt Damon, Water.org co-founder; Gary White, Water.org co-founder; Anne Finucane, Bank of America vice chair, and Miguel Patricio, Anheuser-Busch InBev, talk about the lack of access to clean water and sanitation around the world.

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Bloomberg TV - Matt Damon Says There Are Solutions to the Global Water Crisis

Matt Damon and Gary White join Bloomberg TV on the UN's World Water Day to discuss investing in safe water access for various communities.

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