Our impact in Brazil
Brazil’s advanced financial landscape positively indicates that smart, market-based solutions have the potential to accelerate water and sanitation access across the country. Currently, there are large disparities in access to financing for those living in poverty, and banking policies and perceptions remain stacked against the poor. Water.org can change this.
With high demand for water and sanitation services and strong potential for microfinance markets, Brazil is a great fit for our WaterCredit solution.
In 2017, we certified our first microfinance institution partner and began piloting WaterCredit. Since then, Water.org has brought on additional financial partners and expanded our work in the region, reaching more than 15,000 people with access to safe water and sanitation at the household level.
As a new geography, we are focused on creating a solid foundation in Brazil and building on lessons learned from pilot programs in select Brazilian states to scale the most promising approaches nationwide. We will work with a variety of partners – including microfinance institutions, commercial and government banks, and product manufacturers – to develop water and sanitation lending programs and supplies that are accessible and affordable to people in need.
Stories of Impact
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.Read more
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