Tanzania's water and sanitation crisis

Only 57 percent of Tanzania’s population of 57 million have access to an improved source of safe water, and only 30 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. Under these circumstances people, particularly women and girls, spend a significant amount of time traveling some distance to collect water.

In Tanzania, demand for both water and sanitation are high.

In Tanzania, demand for both water and sanitation are high. The market for water products (storage tanks, pipes, rain harvesting facilities, etc.) and suppliers appears to be dynamic. And by taking advantage of the growing digital finance sector, there is a strong opportunity for our WaterCredit solution in Tanzania. 

Our impact in Tanzania

Water.org conducted the first market assessment in Tanzania in 2016. Results were positive and key findings were:

  • Tanzania is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, but economic growth has not benefited all areas of the country equally.
  • Rural areas in particular remain generally very poor, with around one third of the rural population classified as living below the poverty line.
  • Use of digital finance is growing rapidly. As many as 10 million people currently have a mobile account. There are estimates that mobile phone agents outnumbered all other financial access points by almost 30 to one in 2016. 

Given the growing sector of digital finance, Water.org is developing a program design of WaterCredit combined with digital finance. In 2018, 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. 

Stories of people we empower in Tanzania

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