India's water and sanitation crisis

India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1 billion citizens. Roughly half of India’s population, a staggering 522 million, practice open defecation. 

The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further, more than 500 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhea in India alone. 

With its strong microfinance sector and extensive need for improved water and sanitation solutions, India provides a great opportunity for Water.org to scale our WaterCredit solution. Monitor Deloitte estimates that the rural sanitation market in India is worth US $25 billion.

Our impact in India

Since 2005, Water.org has played a significant role in India’s progress towards improved water, sanitation and hygiene. Through WaterCredit, we have empowered more than 7 million people across twelve states with access to safe water and sanitation. By partnering with different types of organizations, including microfinance institutions, self-help group federations, housing finance corporations, commercial banks, payment banks, social enterprises and the Government of India, Water.org is mobilizing resources and sharing knowledge to increase access to improved sanitation and safe water.

With your help, we've disbursed more than 1.7 million loans, providing more than $375 million in loans to families in need of safe water and sanitation in India.
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    After learning of how small, affordable loans were available from their local bank to fund needed water taps or toilets, Lakshmee wanted to tell her friends and neighbors. She knew this could change all of their lives, and their community. Read more about how access to safe water and sanitation empowers moms to do more for themselves and their families.

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    A lack of access to safe water at home disproportionately impacts children. Their health and their opportunity for education can suffer.

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Stories of people we empower in India

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