Changing lives around the world with safe water and sanitation

Today more than 45 million people around the world can turn on a tap and safely use a toilet because small, affordable loans empowered them to get access to safe water and sanitation at home.

We celebrate the lives transformed and realize there is more to be done as we continue our work in 11 countries around the world. In pursuit of our vision of safe water and sanitation for all, we are scaling impact – exploring new markets and financial solutions to help end the global water crisis.

We invite you to see how your support changes lives by learning more about the people we empower, where we work, the solutions driving our impact, and the magnitude of the global water crisis.

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5.9 million people reached
18 partners
213,000 people reached
56,000 loans disbursed by our partners
1.8 million people reached
414,000 loans disbursed by our partners
17 million people reached
34 partners
3.5 million people reached
693,000 loans disbursed by our partners
6.4 million people reached
1.6 million loans disbursed by our partners
11,000 people reached
7 partners
3.5 million people reached
965,000 loans disbursed by our partners
5.6 million people reached
1,200,000 loans disbursed by our partners
113,000 people reached
11 partners
421,000 people reached
$19.4 million loans disbursed by our partners

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Now Tahmina and her baby can play

For many years Tahmina walked to and from her in-law’s to fill vessels, cups, and buckets of water for cooking and cleaning. This was time-consuming and for Tahmina, often difficult. Read about how her life changed after getting affordable access to safe water and improved sanitation at home.

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Today Andreia and her family have safe water at home

For years, Andreia’s family didn't have access to safe water on their property. Andreia knew her kids' childhoods could be full of learning, playtime, and healthy days if Andreia could find an affordable way to give them the safe water needed to survive and thrive.

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Sophon

Giving babies a healthy start with water

For Sophon, there was nothing beautiful about the water-related burdens she endured much of her life in rural Cambodia. She wanted to end those burdens for her son.

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It's time for school

Water makes time for school possible for kids in Rasulpur and around the world. When kids have access to safe water at home they can walk to school instead of walk to collect water.

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How Janine gave her family safe water

Janine is a hardworking woman who is determined to give her family what they need to survive. When her family needed an affordable way to get safe water at home, Janine made the connection to give them a long-term safe water connection. Read her story.

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Bright futures in Kenya start with safe water

The schoolmaster at Solidarity Primary School understands the link between access to safe water and having the time and health for school. This is why she prioritized safe water and sanitation solutions for her students.

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Nelly's heart

Water is a smart investment. The best investment the world can make to reduce disease, increase income, keep kids in school, and change lives. Nelly believed this to be true, and now she knows it for a fact. Thanks to Water.org’s smart solution known as WaterCredit, the hardworking, loving, single mom who wanted to give her family safe water and a better life was able to do it.

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Elma in the Philippines

Elma

Elma’s courage gave her the strength to choose smiles over tears, to choose love over pain, and to champion safe water for her family, even when the battle seemed impossible.

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Obwiri

When COVID-19 reached Obwiri’s community, she had increasing concerns about her family’s sanitation situation. Read about how a small loan empowered her to solve her family's water and sanitation crisis at a critical time.

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Namulondo

Health and hope are flowing

Namulondo is a hardworking health assistant at a local hospital and a loving single mom who has dedicated her life to caring for her children. A small, affordable loan helped Namulondo pay for a rain storage tank, providing her family with enough water for several months.

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1.8 million People lack access to safe water
36 million People lack access to improved sanitation
1.2 million People lack access to safe water
20 million People lack access to improved sanitation
2 million People lack access to safe water
3 million People lack access to improved sanitation
91 million People lack access to safe water
229 million People lack access to improved sanitation
18 million People lack access to safe water
20 million People lack access to improved sanitation
15 million People lack access to safe water
22 million People lack access to improved sanitation
386,000 People lack access to safe water
1 million People lack access to improved sanitation
2 million People lack access to safe water
4 million People lack access to improved sanitation
3 million People lack access to safe water
7 million People lack access to improved sanitation
4 million People lack access to safe water
29 million People lack access to improved sanitation
7 million People lack access to safe water
28 million People lack access to improved sanitation
Bangladesh
Brazil
Cambodia
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Philippines
Tanzania
Uganda

Accelerating impact in three ways

Partnering directly with institutions that serve people living in poverty

We partner with local financial institutions by providing technical assistance, connections and small grants, where needed, so they can provide small, affordable loans to people in need of water and sanitation at home. We also partner with water and sanitation providers to enhance their capacity to obtain financing and improve service delivery for their customers.

Expanding partnerships to accelerate access

We work with partners across sectors, including water and sanitation and financial services, and other international development organizations to expand access to affordable financing for water and sanitation. We provide technical assistance, share best practices, and collaborate with stakeholders so they can develop, implement and scale effective solutions.

Strengthening the environment for water and sanitation solutions at a systems level

We work with governments, sector institutions, and other partners at a systems-level to influence public policy and practice changes that increase the flow of capital for household water and sanitation solutions.

771 M 771 million people lack access to safe water
1.7 B 1.7 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
1 M 1 million people die each year from water-related diseases

$25 helps one family get access to safe water.

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