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

1.7 M 1.7 million people reached
16 partners
15 K 15,000 people reached
$4 M $4 million in loans disbursed by our partners
1.3 M 1.3 million people reached
$151 M $151 million in loans disbursed by our partners
248 K 248,000 people reached
$1.7 M $1.7 million in loans disbursed by our partners
$3.1 M $3.1 million in loans disbursed by our partners
156 K 156,000 people reached
13.1 M 13.1 million people reached
34 partners
1.9 M 1.9 million people reached
$73 M $73 million in loans disbursed by our partners
3.9 M 3.9 million people reached
$409 M $409 million in loans disbursed by our partners

Program Stats Coming Soon

2.6 M 2.6 million people reached
$864 M $864 million in loans disbursed by our partners
4 M 4 million people reached
$167 M $167 million in loans disbursed by our partners
36 K 36,000 people reached
$1.4 M $1.4 million in loans disbursed by our partners
259 K 259,000 people reached
$10.3 M $10.3 million in 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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Alemtsenay

A smart decision for a smart solution

A small, affordable loan made possible by Water.org empowered Alemtsenay and her husband to construct a bathroom for their family. Alemtsenay shared, “We will no longer be susceptible to diseases or such poor hygiene practices that cause sickness.”

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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 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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To making a house a home

To making a house a home

Mherindalee’s home is important to her. It’s where her family lives, works, plays, and rests. The water flowing from Mherindalee’s kitchen tap means now she has time - time to care for her home, time to play with her children, and time to make her family’s favorite dishes.

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The power of supporting one another

The people we serve are change agents capable of transforming their lives and communities. Journey with us to a village in rural Kenya where a small group of people worked together to make a big difference for themselves and their neighbors.

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She can move mountains

Yolanda is a hopeful, determined woman. We know this because every day she works to provide water for her family. Her home sits above the city of Cusco in the Andes Mountain range at more than 2,000 feet from the center of town. Yolanda purchases buckets of water from residents in town. At least every other morning, she makes her way down the steep, rocky road from her house to buy as much water as she can carry back up the more than one mile vertical trek.

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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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5 M People lack access to safe water
85 M People lack access to improved sanitation
4 M People lack access to safe water
24 M People lack access to improved sanitation
3 M People lack access to safe water
6.5 M People lack access to improved sanitation
62 M People lack access to safe water
97 M People lack access to improved sanitation
5 M People lack access to safe water
23 M People lack access to improved sanitation
99 M People lack access to safe water
541 M People lack access to improved sanitation
28 M People lack access to safe water
71 M People lack access to improved sanitation
20 M People lack access to safe water
35 M People lack access to improved sanitation
904 K People lack access to safe water
11 M People lack access to improved sanitation
3 M People lack access to safe water
8 M People lack access to improved sanitation
7 M People lack access to safe water
24 M People lack access to improved sanitation
25 M People lack access to safe water
40 M People lack access to improved sanitation
22 M People lack access to safe water
35 M 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 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 29 microfinance institutions across the island country and to date we’ve reached 4 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 2018 we certified our first lending partner and began piloting WaterCredit. We are in the process of certifying additional financial institutions and expanding our work in the region. Read about our plans for impact in Brazil.

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