Bangladesh's water and sanitation crisis

Bangladesh has one of the highest population densities in the world, with a population of 165 million living within 57,000 square miles. Of those 165 million people, 5 million lack safe water and 85 million lack improved sanitation.

Lack of access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities in rural areas, overcrowded conditions, and a lack of healthy ways of disposing waste in urban centers, all contribute to the water and sanitation crisis in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is known as the birthplace of microfinance and has seen vibrant and sustained growth of the sector. The result has been enormous impact on financial inclusion of those living in poverty, particularly women. Through programming, is leveraging the microfinance sector to address the demand for access to safe water and improved sanitation.

Our impact in Bangladesh

With support from the IKEA Foundation, INDITEX and Target, we are working with 13 local microfinance institutions to expand WaterCredit in Bangladesh. We are also exploring opportunities to partner with additional organizations, both financial and non-financial, to provide alternative water and sanitation solutions.

More than 262,000 loans have been disbursed, with more than $76 million provided in loans to people in need of safe water and sanitation.
  • Stories of Impact

    Kids are playing in Baktarpur

    In the slums of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, playtime can be a rarity. But when Shefaly installed a water system for her family and neighbors, her courtyard filled with smiles and laughter.

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    Play in Bangladesh
  • Stories of Impact


    When Beauty got married, her husband Manu gave her two wedding gifts, water and a stepdaughter.

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    Beauty in Bangladesh

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