Ghana's water and sanitation crisis

In Ghana, more than five million people (about 18 percent) rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related illness and disease. Further, 81 percent of Ghanaians lack access to improved sanitation or are entirely without toilet facilities.

The majority of households without access to safe water and sanitation lack the upfront funds needed to invest in their own solutions. Consequently, those living in poverty often pay up to ten times more per liter for water service from private vendors than their middle-class counterparts connected to piped water services. These water costs can be reduced through investments in improved household water assets such as connections, rainwater harvesting equipment, wells, and latrines. Unfortunately, this requires up-front investments that, without access to financing, are unrealistic for most of these people.

Our impact in Ghana

We are partnering with three local microfinance institutions for our first WaterCredit programs in Ghana. With Ghana’s growing microfinance market, a mostly well-educated population, and one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa, the country demonstrates strong potential for successful WaterCredit programs. We are in the process of certifying additional financial institutions and expanding our work in the region.

  • Stories of Impact

    Give water credit for celebrations

    Whether in India, Haiti, Ethiopia, or Ghana, access to safe water is a reason to sing, and dance, and jump, and cheer.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Opportunity in Ghana

    From the stories of these women we learn that once a well was constructed near their homes, the daily obstacle of sourcing and carrying water no longer impacts their livelihood.

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    Ghana's water crisis

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