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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8.6 million people reached
9 partners
512,000 people reached
143,000 loans disbursed by our partners
2.1 million people reached
462,000 loans disbursed by our partners
25.7 million people reached
22 partners
4.5 million people reached
888,000 loans disbursed by our partners
6.7 million people reached
1.6 million loans disbursed by our partners
113,000 people reached
7 partners
4.6 million people reached
1.2 M loans disbursed by our partners
8.4 million people reached
1.8 million loans disbursed by our partners
230,000 people reached
5 partners
638,000 people reached
38,000 loans disbursed by our partners

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Now Tahmina and her baby can play

For many years Tahmina walked to and from her in-law’s to fill vessels, cups, and buckets of water for cooking and cleaning. This was time-consuming and for Tahmina, often difficult. Read about how her life changed after getting affordable access to safe water and improved sanitation at home.

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Today Andreia and her family have safe water at home

For years, Andreia’s family didn't have access to safe water on their property. Andreia knew her kids' childhoods could be full of learning, playtime, and healthy days if Andreia could find an affordable way to give them the safe water needed to survive and thrive.

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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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Anita's family is safe

Anita wanted to give her girls a safe, healthy place to go but, the thought of paying for a private toilet at home felt financially impossible. How could she save to build a toilet when the costs of living were already too high? Read about how a small loan helped Anita solve her family's sanitation crisis.

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How Janine gave her family safe water

Janine is a hardworking woman who is determined to give her family what they need to survive. When her family needed an affordable way to get safe water at home, Janine made the connection to give them a long-term safe water connection. Read her story.

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Mueni's family has safe water at home

Mueni’s family lacked access to safe water at home. Not until recently did her mom learn she could take a small loan to help the family finance a long-term safe water solution. This is Mueni’s story about how lasting access to safe water at home has changed her life.

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Today Juanita rests

Juanita has lived in the same community for more than half her life. She’s seen how a lack of access to safe water challenges families in Mexico. Read how affordable, lasting access to safe water at home means Juanita can finally rest while she enjoys watching her grandchildren thrive in school and in life.

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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

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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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Obwiri

When COVID-19 reached Obwiri’s community, she had increasing concerns about her family’s sanitation situation. Read about how a small loan empowered her to solve her family's water and sanitation crisis at a critical time.

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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 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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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
31 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
4 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
Bangladesh
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 25 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 21 financial institution partners and have reached more than 8.4 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 7 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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