Making an impact

Today more than 22 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

1.1 M 1.1 Million People Reached
13 Partners
7 K 7,000 People Reached
$1.8 M $1.8 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
1.2 M 1.2 Million People Reached
$141 M $141 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
223 K 223,000 People Reached
$1.3 M $1.3 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
401 K 401,000 People Reached
$1.9 M $1.9 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
14 K People Reached
1 Partner
10.8 M 10.8 Million People Reached
23 Partners
1 M 1 Million People Reached
$40 M $40 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
2.6 M 2.6 Million People Reached
$263 M $263 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
2 M 2 Million People Reached
$690 M $690 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
3.1 M 3.1 Million People Reached
$130 M $130 Million In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
28 K 28,000 People Reached
$838 K $838,000 In Loans Disbursed By Our Partners
188 K 188,000 People Reached
$7 M $7 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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Maria

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

Matthews learned about the opportunity Water.org made possible for his village through his local bank. In partnership with Water.org, Matthews’ 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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Honduras

The beauty of community ownership

Maria’s family was very involved in the construction of the new water system and household latrines. Guatincara’s water project is a gravity flow water system that delivers water from a mountain spring to all the participating homes in the community.

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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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Elizabeth's Dream

Elizabeth's dream

When one has time to follow their dreams, those dreams can become reality. However, millions of women around the world don’t have time to realize their dreams. Women like Elizabeth. Instead of pursuing her dream of making dresses to support her family, she spent that time each day collecting water. Mile after mile, heavy bucket after heavy bucket of water, it seemed there was no end in sight.

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Elena and boys

Water is a game changer

As a child, Elena did not share in the joys of playtime like her boys, nor did she have time to even imagine what she wanted to be when she grew up. Elena was raised in rural Peru where she spent many hours carrying water jugs rather than kicking a soccer ball.

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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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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
638 K People lack access to safe water
1 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
Honduras
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.

A woman stands in a field of flowers near Bangalore, India

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