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Together, we've empowered millions of people with access to safe water and sanitation. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

Carrying a vessel

Her crisis

Today 844 million people lack access to safe water. Each one has great potential, yet the burden of the water crisis hinders their every attempt to break free from the cycle of poverty. When it comes down to who will bear the burden of daily water collection, it’s women and girls.

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For women, the water crisis is personal. They are responsible for finding a resource their families need to survive.
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Give water credit for time at school

A lack of access to safe water at home disproportionately impacts children. Their health and their opportunity for education can suffer.

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Lima
Ariacelle

When given a choice and an opportunity to pay for water and sanitation improvements over a reasonable period of time, families in need often choose to finance long-term solutions versus pay high prices, or struggle day-to-day, to get that next liter of water. Ariacelle once struggled daily to pay for bottled water and find a safe place to go. A small, affordable loan empowered Ariacelle with the funds needed to pay for the installation of a toilet and sink in her home.

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Birtukan and Adisu
Because of you

Because of you, life is different for more than 16 million people around the world, and counting. It’s different for people like Dora and Moses in Peru, and Birtukan in Uganda, for Sariati in Indonesia, and for Lomitu in Ethiopia.

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Birtukan and Adisu
Birtukan and Adisu

The management of Birtukan and Adisu's home, and the success of their small clothing business, would not be possible without water. Adisu shared, “We needed water at home so I could work. I support our income. People don’t buy as many clothes from the shop. If I had to keep collecting water, I would have no time to work.”

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Zawelde and Lumiu
Lumiu gave his family water and a toilet

“When our kids were young, they collected water and they used the outdoors instead of a toilet. It is common for kids here, but they were too young for such a task, and going outdoors isn’t safe. They needed rest, safety, and they needed time for school.” Lumiu did not like this way of life for their kids.

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Ethiopia hands and money
Who will solve their crisis

We believe that at least half of the people in need of safe water and sanitation are the solution to their own water crisis. They are men and women, who, despite living in poverty, are already making huge financial sacrifices to try to change their water and sanitation situation.

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Lomitu
Water means Lomitu saves time and earns more

The people with the least access to safe water are spending the most time and money to get it. People like Lomitu. See how access to safe water at home saved Lomitu time, empowering her to earn more income.

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Together, we can empower more families with safe water.

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