Ethiopia stories

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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Stefanos believes in safe water and his children

Imagine a teacher who couldn’t see his own kids to school each day because instead, they were off finding water, or worse, because they were sick from drinking unsafe water. A simple, powerful solution empowered Stefanos to change these realities that millions of Ethiopians continue to face today.

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Why Abraham wanted water for his kids

Abraham knew his wife worked hard alongside him, but it was not until her passing that he recognized the weight of the burden she and so many women in Ethiopia carry daily—collecting water for their families.

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The power of water for Tamenech's family

The power of water ended Tamenech and Joseph’s water crisis. Not only did Tamenech want to prevent her children from walking to rivers or ponds to find water like she did as a child, but her role as a nurse gave her the insight to know how unhealthy that water is. Read Tamenech's story.

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Zenebech's story

Zenebech 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 about how a small loan changed their world and it can change theirs too. "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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Water for Matthews' family

In partnership with, Matthews’ local 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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Birtukan and Adisuu
To endless possibilities

With a small, affordable loan, Birtukan and Adisu were able to install a water connection on their land. Now, their four children are going to school and dreaming about the future.

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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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Safe water and pregnancy

Grace’s baby was due to arrive any day. Grace lives in a small rural village several hours south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sixty-one million people lack access to safe water in her country. Read about how a small, affordable loan empowered Grace and her husband to give their young family safe water and a bright future.

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Their parents gave them water for their wedding

The parents of newlyweds Medhih and Mesi are excited for their children to start their life together. Knowing what it takes to manage a home and start a family, they helped the young couple build their first home, and gave Medhih and Mesi the gift of safe water.

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A smart decision for a smart solution

A small, affordable loan made possible by empowered Alemtsenay and her husband to construct a bathroom for their family. Alemtsenay shared, “We will no longer be susceptible to diseases or such poor hygiene practices that cause sickness.”

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Woinshet in Ethiopia

The need for water and toilets is high in Woinshet's village, yet not until recently were locals able to fund the construction of latrines or taps in their homes.

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Homework in Ethiopia
Homework looks different now

An investment in a child’s education is an investment in our future. However, millions of families around the world don’t have the upfront resources to invest in two of the most critical resources for getting their kids to school – safe water and a private toilet.

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Together, we can empower more families with safe water.