We work in 11 countries and counting…

We work in 11 countries on four continents. In Asia, we work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Our work in Africa spans from Kenya to Tanzania and Uganda. And in Latin America, we work in Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

In these countries – in urban communities, in rural villages, in homes and schools – this is where we're transforming lives. We’re scaling impact as we continue to assess new regions where our market-driven, financial approach can help change the lives of people in need.

Our solutions are market-driven

The water crisis looks different in different parts of the world. Our solution – small, affordable loans for water and sanitation – is adaptable to the countries where we work. Choosing those countries requires strategic consideration as we work toward the global goal of safe water and sanitation for all.

We pursue programs based on the following:

  • The need for access to safe water and improved sanitation in the area.
  • The potential effectiveness of a financial approach to solve the water crisis for people in the region.
  • The level of support of the utility infrastructure, economic demographics, and political environment for our work.
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9.2 million people reached
9 partners
603,000 people reached
170,000 loans disbursed by our partners
2.1 million people reached
466,000 loans disbursed by our partners
27.3 million people reached
21 partners
4.8 million people reached
941,000 loans disbursed by our partners
6.7 million people reached
1.6 million loans disbursed by our partners
133,000 people reached
8 partners
4.8 million people reached
1.2 M loans disbursed by our partners
8.7 million people reached
1.9 million loans disbursed by our partners
234,000 people reached
5 partners
685,000 people reached
40,000 loans disbursed by our partners

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She pours love and safe water

Moms pour their hearts and lives into protecting and providing for their growing children. And right now, millions of moms around the world long to pour safe water for them, too. Every day these moms face a personal struggle as they don’t have access to the safe water and toilets needed at home to raise their loved ones in health and safety. Hossne was one of these moms.

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This dad gave his family safe water at home

As a commercial water delivery driver, it was hard for Cesar to come home each evening knowing his family lacked access to the very thing he delivered all day long to families in the big city. Cesar wanted an affordable, sustainable safe water solution. Through Water.org's partners in Brazil, this was possible.

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Where safe water and education flow

Sa knows all too well the time and health challenges of the water crisis. And so does someone else in her community who decided to do something about it. Read about how one man's decision has helped changed this retired teacher's life and the lives of thousands of other people in their Cambodian community.

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Swati no longer struggles to give her family water

A developing leader in India, the state of Maharashtra is making headway for its economy and its people, however in this region Swati calls home, millions of people still lack access to safe water and sanitation. Find out how a small, affordable loan empowered this mother of two with lasting access to safe water at home.

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Closer to home

In the heart of Indonesia, where lush landscapes and a commitment to daily prayer abound, lies the inspiring story of Patahimawati – a woman who, like millions of women around the world, struggled with the daily challenges of inadequate access to safe water and sanitation at home. Her life took a transformative turn, however, when her family got affordable, lasting access to safe water at home.

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Creating climate resilience through sustainable solutions

When Saphia first started farming, he struggled to grow healthy crops because he lacked an adequate supply of water. Saphia lives in a region in Kenya where the adverse effects of climate change, like drought, impact the ability of farmers to sustain their crops and livestock. The water sources are regularly dry and their wells are often not dug deep enough into the earth to source water. Read more to find out how Saphia overcame the effects of climate change in his region to ensure he could grow food and provide for his family.

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Where Sergio and Gloria Grow

Gloria and Sergio live in Mexico where, they now have affordable, lasting access to safe water. Click below to find out how a small loan for water storage cisterns allows this couple to enjoy their retired years tending to their garden and caring for their family.

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Nelly's heart

Water is a smart investment. The best investment the world can make to reduce disease, increase income, keep kids in school, and change lives. Nelly believed this to be true, and now she knows it for a fact. Thanks to Water.org’s smart solution known as WaterCredit, the hardworking, loving, single mom who wanted to give her family safe water and a better life was able to do it.

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Unlocking her potential

Nimfa’s story is a story shared by many women in her village. After spending too many girlhood hours searching for water, and spending too much money paying for what they lacked, they grew up to recognize their potential and knew they needed safe water to unlock it.

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Water for his family and his village

Bakari is a young man who lives in rural Tanzania south of Dar es Salaam with his parents and siblings. Growing up in this region Bakari is all too familiar with the water crisis. Read more about how Bakari solved his family's water crisis and that of many in his village.

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From a river to her doorstep

Narwoga and Mubiru have had many financial obstacles over their years - they lost part of their small taxi business and their biggest challenge was a lack of water at home. Read about how a small loan empowered the couple to give their family water at home, affordably.

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70 million people lack access to safe water
118 million people lack access to a safe toilet
27 million people lack access to safe water
108 million people lack access to a safe toilet
11 million people lack access to safe water
10 million people lack access to a safe toilet
35 million people lack access to safe water
678 million people lack access to a safe toilet
192 million people lack access to safe water
14 million people lack access to a safe toilet
15 million people lack access to safe water
37 million people lack access to a safe toilet
72 M people lack access to safe water
47 million people lack access to a safe toilet
16 million people lack access to safe water
14 million people lack access to a safe toilet
60 million people lack access to safe water
43 million people lack access to a safe toilet
49 million people lack access to safe water
58 million people lack access to a safe toilet
38 million people lack access to safe water
38 million people lack access to a safe toilet
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Brazil
Cambodia
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Philippines
Tanzania
Uganda

Scaling impact around the world

The progress of our programs and expansion varies in each of the countries where we work. From long-standing programs in India to exploring new regions in Latin America, here are some examples of where we've been and where we're headed.

Millions of lives changed in India

Since 2004, Water.org has played a significant role in India’s progress toward improved water, sanitation and hygiene, changing more than 27 million lives through our WaterCredit solution, a model that made its first impact in India.

Rapid growth in the Philippines

We started working in the Philippines in 2014. In less than a decade, we now have 23 financial institution partners and have reached more than 8.7 million people here. Our programs continue to grow and we’re currently working with local utility partners to reach even more people.

New work in Mexico

As a result of market research, we found opportunity to bring our financial solutions to Mexico. Our first partner disbursed their first loans for water and sanitation in early 2020, and we are now working with 8 partners to scale our impact in this country that has a critical need for safe water and sanitation solutions for families living in poverty.

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