Brazil's water and sanitation crisis

Brazil has a large population – 209 million people. While access to safe water and sanitation has increased since 2010, there are still deep inequalities in access among the country’s geographical regions, rural and urban communities and households.

Currently there are four million people without access to safe water and 24 million without proper sanitation. For those who do have access to safe water, the water supply downtime, disruption in service and deficiencies in drinking water systems remain challenging.

At the same time, there is a growing set of financial institutions with interest in expanding their services to offer solutions for water and sanitation needs to people in need. With microfinance expanding, Brazil is a market well-suited for our WaterCredit solution.

Our impact in Brazil

In an extensive study, McKinsey identified Brazil as a top priority country for the expansion of WaterCredit. In 2014, conducted a market assessment in Brazil, which informed our country strategy for WaterCredit implementation. We then developed an engagement strategy and began working with local partners. In 2017, we certified our first microfinance institution partner and began piloting WaterCredit. We are in the process of certifying additional financial institutions and expanding our work in the region. 

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    How the water crisis affects families in Brazil

    Like 25 million Brazilians, Maria lacked access to adequate sanitation in her home, where she lives and works and helps raise her granddaughter. Read about how a small loan gave this mother and grandmother the resource needed to keep her family healthy.

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Stories of people we empower in Brazil

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