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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.

Rehana

Rehana

Homes in Rehana’s village are simple. Made of thatch and mud and concrete, the humble structures offer a haven for rest and play, but rarely do they have water or sanitation connections. While her husband worked and her children went to school, Rehana walked up to six hours a day to get water for cooking, laundry, and baths.

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“When my husband went to work, Sumalila and I walked together to collect the water. It hurt my back and often made her late to school. I am quite happy we do not do this anymore.”
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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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Constantine
Our partners believe in the power of water

Our in-country partners are the key to our work. They are the front line in implementing programs and expanding access to affordable financing for safe water and sanitation. Thanks to their real-time problem solving and long-term understanding of market needs, we can reach more people. Hear from one of our Ugandan partners about how loans for water and sanitation have changed their business and the lives of their borrowers.

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Ladreo

Through our partner, Mi Banco, Ladreo took out a small loan to fund the construction of a bathroom and a water storage tank that connects to a shower and a faucet. Now Ladreo’s family home is complete. Read Ladreo's story.

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Zenebech
Zenebech's story

Zenebech’s lives in a rural village a few hours south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Among the other mud and thatch homes, Zenebech raises her six children with her husband. Zenebech is telling others in her village to take a loan for water if they can. I don’t want them to suffer any longer. I want them to be healthy like my kids. Read more about why she wants safe water for her neighbors.

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Hamsaveni and Rajesh give their daughters a bright future

India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1 billion citizens. Roughly half of India’s population, a staggering 522 million, practice open defecation. Read about how families are using small, affordable loans to end this practice and give their kids bright futures.

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Zawelde Uganda
For women the water crisis is personal

For women around the world, the struggle to gather water for their families is a personal, everyday battle. Water.org empowers women to get safe water by helping them access affordable financing through something we call WaterCredit.

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Rehana
Rehana

Homes in Rehana’s village are simple. Made of thatch and mud and concrete, the humble structures offer a haven for rest and play, but rarely do they have water or sanitation connections. While her husband worked and her children went to school, Rehana walked up to six hours a day to get water for cooking, laundry, and baths.

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Together, we can empower more families with safe water.

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