Meet the people we empower
More than 51 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America now have access to safe water and sanitation at home, and greater resilience to COVID-19 and other diseases.
Read their stories to see how, together, we have transformed lives.
We work in 11 countries on four continents
In 11 countries on four continents around the world, we are turning your generosity into opportunity.
Learn more about where we work and why.
Our solutions break down financial barriers and help people get safe water at home
For millions around the world, access to funds stands between them and safe water and sanitation in their home. Water.org offers a portfolio of smart solutions that break down the financial barriers between people living in poverty and access to safe water and sanitation.
Our solutions are working! More than half of our total impact — 26 million people — was achieved in the past three years.
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.
We serve people living in poverty
Our solutions resonate with people living in poverty — specifically people who have enough income potential to take out a water or sanitation loan, but who often cannot access the funds at an affordable rate or pay for facilities and services upfront.
Millions of people who live in the countries where we work live on less than $3.78 a day and spend significant portions of their income to buy water. These are the people we work every day to empower.
The global water crisis affects billions of people
Today, 1 in 10 people lack access to safe water and 1 in 4 people lack access to a toilet. We give our everything every day to change this because we believe in the power of water. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – empowering people with time for school and work, and contributing to improved health for women, children, and families around the world.
We will achieve our vision of safe water and sanitation for all by continuing to unlock more funding than what is currently dedicated to help solve the global water crisis — removing the financial barriers that stand between people in need and access to safe water and sanitation at home.
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