Making an impact

Today more than 27 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. There's more to be done. With programs and people working in 13 countries, we're scaling and exploring new markets and solutions to help end the global water crisis.

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

How we work

Our solutions focus on empowerment through access to affordable financing. For millions around the world, access to funds is the only thing that stands between them and safe water and sanitation in their home. Our solutions focus on breaking down this financial barrier and bringing hope and opportunity to those in need.


Where we work

In 13 countries on four continents around the world, we are turning your generosity into opportunity. Learn more about the water crisis and our programs in each country by exploring the links to the left.

Water.org empowers families around the world

Latin America

Peru

1.5 M 1.5 million people reached
13 partners
13 K 13,000 people reached
$3.3 M $3.3 million in loans disbursed by our partners
1.3 M 1.3 million people reached
$149 M $149 million in loans disbursed by our partners
245 K 245,000 people reached
$1.6 M $1.6 million in loans disbursed by our partners
$2.4 M $2.4 million in loans disbursed by our partners
388 K 388,000 people reached
12.3 M 12.3 million people reached
25 partners
1.7 M 1.7 million people reached
$65 M $65 million in loans disbursed by our partners
3.9 M 3.9 million people reached
$409 M $409 million in loans disbursed by our partners
2.5 M 2.5 million people reached
$812 M $812 million in loans disbursed by our partners
3.8 M 3.8 million people reached
$157 M $157 million in loans disbursed by our partners
35 K 35,000 people reached
$1.3 M $1.3 million in loans disbursed by our partners
246 K 246,000 people reached
$9.4 M $9.4 million in loans disbursed by our partners

Featured story

Play in Bangladesh

Kids are playing in Baktarpur

In the slums of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, playtime can be a rarity. But when Shefaly installed a water system for her family and neighbors, her courtyard filled with smiles and laughter.

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How the water crisis affects families in Brazil

Like 25 million Brazilians, Maria lacked access to adequate sanitation in her home, where she lives and works and helps raise her granddaughter. Read about how a small loan gave this mother and grandmother the resource needed to keep her family healthy.

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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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Matthews

Water for Matthews' family

In partnership with Water.org, Matthews’ local bank offers small, affordable loans for water connections and toilets. The amount Matthews and Butukan paid for water at the kiosk far exceeded what could be payments toward a long-term water solution in their home. Matthews decided to finance a water connection.

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Celebrations

Give water credit for celebrations

Whether in India, Haiti, Ethiopia, or Ghana, access to safe water is a reason to sing, and dance, and jump, and cheer.

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It's time for school

Water makes time for school possible for kids in Rasulpar 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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Sariati

Sariati's water crisis is over

For generations, women in Sariati’s family faced an impossible choice when it came to giving their families water - certain death without water, or possible death from consuming unsafe water. For these women in Indonesia and millions of others around the world, collecting water would take up to six hours each day.

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Patricia built a life she loves

Patricia is proud of the life she’s built. Through hard work, the 53-year-old mother of three raised a family, built a small farm, and created a life she smiles about. Through Water.org's partner, Equity Bank, Patricia and her fellow self-help group members learned they could take out an affordable loan to purchase needed water solutions.

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She can move mountains

Yolanda is a hopeful, determined woman. We know this because every day she works to provide water for her family. Her home sits above the city of Cusco in the Andes Mountain range at more than 2,000 feet from the center of town. Yolanda purchases buckets of water from residents in town. At least every other morning, she makes her way down the steep, rocky road from her house to buy as much water as she can carry back up the more than one mile vertical trek.

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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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Water for his family and his village

Bakari is a young man who lives in rural Tanzania south of Dar es Salaam with his parents and siblings. Growing up in this region Bakari is all too familiar with the water crisis. Read more about how Bakari solve his family's water crisis and that of many in his village.

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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 the lives of 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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5 M People lack access to safe water
85 M People lack access to improved sanitation
4 M People lack access to safe water
24 M People lack access to improved sanitation
3 M People lack access to safe water
6.5 M People lack access to improved sanitation
62 M People lack access to safe water
97 M People lack access to improved sanitation
5 M People lack access to safe water
23 M People lack access to improved sanitation
99 M People lack access to safe water
541 M People lack access to improved sanitation
28 M People lack access to safe water
71 M People lack access to improved sanitation
20.5 M People lack access to safe water
35 M People lack access to improved sanitation
3 M People lack access to safe water
8 M People lack access to improved sanitation
7 M People lack access to safe water
24 M People lack access to improved sanitation
25 M People lack access to safe water
40 M People lack access to improved sanitation
22 M People lack access to safe water
35 M People lack access to improved sanitation
Bangladesh
Brazil
Cambodia
Ethiopia
Ghana
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Peru
Philippines
Tanzania
Uganda
785 M 785 million people lack access to safe water
2 B 2 billion lack access to improved sanitation
1 M 1 million people die each year from water-related disease

The global water crisis

Today, 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet. We can change this. When you support Water.org, you are helping us to put an end to the crisis that disproportionately affects women and children, causes disease and hinders education and economy.  Let's work together to make the power of water available to all.

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