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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.

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Safe water in Sapdiah's rainforest home

While Indonesia’s rainforests are some of our planet's most biologically rich landscapes, many of the families who call the region home are not so affluent. Surviving on less than $3 per day, families like Sapdiah’s lack access to critical resources needed to help them break the cycle of poverty—resources like safe water.

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With safe water at home comes more time, choices, and opportunity. Now rather than hours spent collecting water at a distant river each day, Sapdiah has enough time to collect palm fibers to roll and sell.
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Water means life

Since Erenice's childhood, her family’s water well has never run dry. However, in recent years the structure, built entirely out of rammed earth, has been in danger of collapsing. Honoring the memory of her parents and to protect her family's quality of life and means of production, Erenice decided to repair the well. Find out how Erenice was able to affordably repair and improve the source of water her family needs to survive and thrive.

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Closer to home

In the heart of Indonesia, where lush landscapes and a commitment to daily prayer abound, lies the inspiring story of Patahimawati – a woman who, like millions of women around the world, struggled with the daily challenges of inadequate access to safe water and sanitation at home. Her life took a transformative turn, however, when her family got affordable, lasting access to safe water at home.

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Closing the gap between Rwamburi and the water its families need to survive

The Rwamburi Water Project committee formed with hopes of finding an affordable, safe, sustainable solution to their community’s water crisis. Read more about how Water.org’s work to increase affordable access to safe water helped empower the committee to close the gap between their community and access to the safe water they need to survive and thrive

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Kantabai gave her family safe water and a bright future

In the countries where we work, like India, women and children often bear the primary responsibility for water collection. After decades of collecting water from distant sources outdoors, Kantabai is thankful she could finally give her sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren safe water at home.

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Phoebe shortened the distance between her family and safe water

While she is soft spoken and gentle-hearted, Phoebe’s decision to finance a safe water solution for her family was nothing shy of bold and life-changing. Prior to giving her family a lasting safe water solution at home, Phoebe humbly drew upon every ounce of strength in her body to endure what she refers to as a daily journey to collect water. Then Phoebe's life changed when she was given the opportunity to finance a lasting safe water solution at home.

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Swati no longer struggles to give her family water

A developing leader in India, the state of Maharashtra is making headway for its economy and its people, however in this region Swati calls home, millions of people still lack access to safe water and sanitation. Find out how a small, affordable loan empowered this mother of two with lasting access to safe water at home.

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Mao's family has safe water and the health that flows from it

For years, Mao walked to a distant lake to collect the water her family needed because Mao and her husband could not afford a safe water solution at home. Then Mao met with Water.org's local partner bank in Cambodia. Through the bank, Mao was able to affordably finance a safe water solution for her family.

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Together, we can empower more families with safe water.

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