India's water and sanitation crisis

India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1 billion citizens. A staggering 344 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 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, has played a significant role in India’s progress toward improved water, sanitation and hygiene. Through WaterCredit, we have empowered more than 10 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, is mobilizing resources and sharing knowledge to increase access to improved sanitation and safe water.

Together with our partners, we've helped mobilize more than 2.5 million loans, providing more than $522 million in loans to families in need of safe water and sanitation in India.
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    Water makes time for school possible for kids in Rasulpar and around the world. When kids have access to safe water at home they can walk to school instead of walk to collect water.

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    Homes in Rehana’s village are simple. Made of thatch and mud and concrete, the humble structures offer a haven for rest and play, but rarely do they have water or sanitation connections. While her husband worked and her children went to school, Rehana walked up to six hours a day to get water for cooking, laundry, and baths.

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Stories of people we empower in India

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