We work in 13 countries and counting…

We work in 13 countries on four continents. In Asia, we work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Our work in Africa spans from Ghana, to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. And in Latin America, we work in Mexico, Brazil 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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Latin America

Peru

2 million people reached
16 partners
47,000 people reached
13,000 loans disbursed by our partners
1.4 million people reached
334,000 loans disbursed by our partners
256,000 people reached
$2 million loans disbursed by our partners
156,000 people reached
$3.2 million loans disbursed by our partners
13.6 million people reached
37 partners
2.3 million people reached
470,000 loans disbursed by our partners
3.9 million people reached
941,000 loans disbursed by our partners

Program Stats Coming Soon

2.7 million people reached
739,000 loans disbursed by our partners
4.2 million people reached
980,000 loans disbursed by our partners
45,000 people reached
$1.7 million loans disbursed by our partners
267,000 people reached
$12.5 million loans disbursed by our partners

Featured story

Play in Bangladesh

Kids are playing in Baktarpur

In the slums of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, playtime can be a rarity. But when Shefaly installed a water system for her family and neighbors, her courtyard filled with smiles and laughter.

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How the water crisis affects families in Brazil

Like 25 million Brazilians, Maria lacked access to adequate sanitation in her home, where she lives and works and helps raise her granddaughter. Read about how a small loan gave this mother and grandmother the resource needed to keep her family healthy.

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Sophon

Giving babies a healthy start with water

For Sophon, there was nothing beautiful about the water-related burdens she endured much of her life in rural Cambodia. She wanted to end those burdens for her son.

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Zenebech

Zenebech's story

Zenebech lives in a rural village a few hours south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Among the other mud and thatch homes, Zenebech raises her six children with her husband. Zenebech is telling others in her village about how a small loan changed their world and it can change theirs too. "I don’t want them to suffer any longer. I want them to be healthy like my kids". Read more about why she wants safe water for her neighbors.

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Celebrations

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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It's time for school

Water makes time for school possible for kids in Rasulpur 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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Mumina at home

Mumina's family still has access to safe water

When she’s not sewing to support her family's income, Mumina gardens a small vegetable bed, launders clothing, and cares for her children. This life—time to sew, water for clean laundry and fresh food, Mumina’s happiness—it is made possible by access to safe water. Something Mumina has known for a few years now, but at one time, she thought was impossible.

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Grace and Josh

For her farm and family

Grace is wise and driven. She is recognized by many in her community, and across Kenya, as an exemplary farmer and businesswoman. Grace credits her success to financing and the opportunities small, affordable loans make possible - like safe water for her farm and 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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Elma in the Philippines

Elma

Elma’s courage gave her the strength to choose smiles over tears, to choose love over pain, and to champion safe water for her family, even when the battle seemed impossible.

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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 solve his family's water crisis and that of many in his village.

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Namulondo

Health and hope are flowing

Namulondo is a hardworking health assistant at a local hospital and a loving single mom who has dedicated her life to caring for the lives of her children. A small, affordable loan helped Namulondo pay for a rain storage tank, providing her family with enough water for several months.

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2 million People lack access to safe water
48 million People lack access to improved sanitation
3 million People lack access to safe water
24 million People lack access to improved sanitation
3 million People lack access to safe water
5 million People lack access to improved sanitation
33 million People lack access to safe water
89 million People lack access to improved sanitation
3 million People lack access to safe water
9 million People lack access to improved sanitation
88 million People lack access to safe water
910 million People lack access to improved sanitation
24 million People lack access to safe water
38 million People lack access to improved sanitation
16 million People lack access to safe water
24 million People lack access to improved sanitation
904,000 People lack access to safe water
3 million People lack access to improved sanitation
2.5 million People lack access to safe water
5 million People lack access to improved sanitation
5 million People lack access to safe water
9 million People lack access to improved sanitation
4 million People lack access to safe water
30 million People lack access to improved sanitation
8 million People lack access to safe water
27 million People lack access to improved sanitation
Bangladesh
Brazil
Cambodia
Ethiopia
Ghana
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 2005, Water.org has played a significant role in India’s progress toward improved water, sanitation and hygiene. Here, we’ve scaled our impact to reaching more than 13.6 million people with access to safe water and sanitation through small, affordable loans.

Rapid growth in the Philippines

Just five years ago we expanded WaterCredit to the Philippines. Now we work with 40 financial institutions across the island country and to date we’ve reached more than 4.2 million people here. Our programs continue to scale impact.

New outreach in Brazil

As a result of market research, we found opportunity to bring our financial solutions to Brazil. In 2017 we certified our first lending partner and began piloting WaterCredit. We have since certified additional financial institutions and continue to expand our work in the region. Read about our plans for impact in Brazil.

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