Because of you

Because of you, life is different for more than 25 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 Birtukan in Ethiopia.

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Dora washes dishes with her water tap at home in Peru.

The difference? Rather than paying high prices for water and sanitation in time and money, these people are liberated from the daily burden of the water crisis. Small, affordable loans made the funding of toilets and water taps for their homes possible. Now, they can experience the hope, health, and bright futures access to safe water and a toilet give.

Paying the entire cost of building a water connection or bathroom all at once can seem an insurmountable expense for people living on less than $3.10 a day. So, to survive day-to-day they have no choice but to pay large portions of their incomes for bottled water from vendors, or they spend hours each day in search of water and a safe place to go. Water.org created WaterCredit to address the financial obstacle of getting long-term access to water and toilets by breaking down the financial barrier that stands between people and safe water and sanitation at home.

Sariati

Sariati draws water from her tap at home in Indonesia.

WaterCredit brings small, easily repayable loans to people in need who, if given the opportunity, can finance their own household water connections and toilets. For those living in poverty, these loans provide a more immediate solution than saving enough money to purchase a tap or toilet on their own.  

For every $1 you donate to Water.org, together with our partners, we turn that $1 into $66 worth of impact. We do this by partnering with carefully selected financial institutions to provide affordable water and sanitation loans to families in need. These partners establish water and sanitation loans in their portfolio of offerings. We support them by providing resources and technical assistance. Our partners make loans to meet the demand of families in need. Then, repaid loans go toward empowering more families with safe water.

Birtukan

Birtukan fills water jugs with water from her tap just feet from the front door of her home in Ethiopia.

Through this proven and powerful approach, we are expanding our work and reaching more people in need, faster. Because of you, we will make a difference for more people in need - bringing safe water and sanitation to all.


Birtukan and Adisuu

Read about how access to safe water at home empowered Birtukan and her husband to grow their small clothing business in Ethiopia.