Brazil's water and sanitation crisis

Despite having one of the largest economies and highest water availability 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. Out of its population of 215 million people, 27 million people (12% of the population) lack access to safe water and 108 million people (50%) lack access to a safe toilet.

For those who do have access to safe water, the water supply downtime, disruption in service and deficiencies in drinking water systems remain challenging. Current challenges include getting consistent access to water in urban areas (where water is less available), developing infrastructure that reaches people living in more rural areas, and managing the growing sewage treatment issue caused by lack of improved sanitation solutions.

Brazil is heavily dependent on hydraulic energy and droughts impact all Brazilians from reducing the supply of food developed by farms and agribusinesses of all sizes, to affecting the financial expenses of families across the country as inflation increases. Affordable access to safe water and sanitation at home is critical for families in Brazil.

  • Stories of Impact

    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's partners in Brazil, this was possible.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Water means everything to this dad and his family in Brazil

    Despite water scarcity, drought, and a low-income, Jeova found a safe water solution to his family’s water crisis. Click to hear more Jeova about why water means everything to his family.

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  • 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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Brazil impact statistics

People reached 512,000

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

Capital mobilized (USD) $95 million

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

Loans disbursed 143,000

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 99%

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 54%

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

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