Philippines 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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A lasting safe water solution for Zeny's family

Zeny was happy to learn her family could get a small, affordable loan from their local bank to get a water connection at home. Now the family pays less than 5% of their monthly income on water. Read Zeny's story.

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Her family's bright future starts with water

Sally is a mom of four young children. While the eldest three are at school, Sally enjoys time with her youngest, mixing play with the housework. Life for Sally’s family wasn’t always like this. Even before becoming a mom, and for several years after, Sally was responsible for finding the water her family needed to survive.

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Nimfa's water pump
Unlocking her potential

Nimfa’s story is a story shared by many women in her village. After spending too many girlhood hours searching for water, and spending too much money paying for what they lacked, they grew up to recognize their potential and knew they needed safe water to unlock it.

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Leneriza Story
The cost of Leneriza's water, then and now

The people with the least access to safe water are spending the most to get it. People like Leneriza.

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Elenita in the Philippines
Funding solutions that work

Elenita is proud she can now spend her days at home, sewing bags and aprons for a living. This was not always the case. Until recently, a large portion of her time was focused on finding water for her family. With funding to research and assess new markets, Water.org found millions in the Philippines had the potential to repay a small loan for a water connection. It was this discovery that ultimately led to empowering Elenita to end her own water crisis.

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Edna and Sarah

In this video, Edna revisits her previous daily journey to collect water. It is for moms like Edna that Water.org created WaterCredit.

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Elma in the Philippines
Elma

Elma’s courage gave her the strength to choose smiles over tears, to choose love over pain, and to champion safe water for her family, even when the battle seemed impossible.

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Maritez

It is with this enthusiasm Maritez spends her days celebrating the transformative power of safe water by educating others in her community on how they too can look forward to healthy, bright futures.

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Elenita in the Philippines
Life is so much better now

Elenita is proud she can now spend her days at home, sewing bags and aprons for a living. This was not always the case. Celebrate her story with us.

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Rosalie in the Philippines
She's in control now

Rosalie was eager to share her water connection with us. She is a young mother and cannot imagine life for herself and her children without access to safe water.

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Marina in the Philippines
Marina

Marina is a mother and a grandmother. Not only has she changed the world for her family, but she is changing the world for other children in her Filipino village.

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