Brazil's water and sanitation crisis

Despite having one of the largest economies in the world, there are still deep inequalities in access to water and sanitation among Brazil’s geographical regions, rural and urban communities and households. Currently there are more than 1.2 million people without access to safe water and 20 million without access to improved sanitation. For those who do have access to safe water, the water supply downtime, disruption in service and deficiencies in drinking water systems remain challenging.

Lack of access to improved water and sanitation disrupts the socioeconomic development of the country and has significant implications on health. Brazil ranks higher than average, globally, on infant death mortality and hospitalizations of adults and children. These rankings are linked, at least in part, to a severe lack of access to improved water and sanitation services.

Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Brazil so they can prepare and protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases.

267 K 267,000 people reached
$46 M $46 million in loans disbursed by our partners
6 partners
  • Stories of Impact

    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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  • Stories of Impact

    Cirliane's water crisis is over

    Cirliane lives in a rural farming village in Brazil. Cirliane and her husband, Gean, needed access to safe water at home so they could effectively run their farming and baking businesses and, more importantly, so they could protect the health of their baby boy, Joae.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Against all odds, this dad gave his family safe water at home

    It is because of generous donors that this dad in Brazil got what he needed to solve his family’s water crisis. When it seemed like all odds were against Jonas, your support made it possible for him to access an affordable, long-term safe water solution, that has changed his family’s lives.

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    Jonas, from Brazil

Brazil impact statistics

People reached 253,000

The number of people who now have access to safe water or sanitation and the health and opportunity they bring.

Capital mobilized (USD) $44 million

Our partners mobilize funds from capital markets to provide water and sanitation loans.

Loans disbursed 66,000

Our local partners make loans to people in need for life-changing safe water and sanitation solutions.

Number of active partners 6

We work with financial institutions, service providers, international agencies, and governments to make an impact.

Repayment rate 98%

Every repaid loan means another family in need can get affordable access to safe water at home.

Average loan size (USD) $667

Small loans can help make a big difference by providing long-term solutions for families in need around the world.

Percent of women borrowers 53%

Women are primarily responsible for household water collection and are solving the water crisis for their families.

Households living under $6.00/day 29%

We are committed to helping people living in poverty get access to safe water and sanitation solutions at home.

To help us reach more people in need of safe water and sanitation in Brazil, donate today.

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