India's water and sanitation crisis

Out of its population of 1.4 billion people, 35 million people lack access to safe water and 678 million people lack access to a safe toilet. Current challenges include extreme water stress, contaminated surface water and lack of access to piped water supply. The effects from climate change like droughts and rising sea levels also affect access to safe water and sanitation for families in India.

These factors, combined with the current initiative by the Government of India to provide tap water connections to every household by 2024, have created unprecedented urgency to implement effective solutions to increase access to safe water and sanitation.

  • Stories of Impact

    Swati no longer struggles to give her family water

    A developing leader in India, the state of Maharashtra is making headway for its economy and its people, however in this region Swati calls home, millions of people still lack access to safe water and sanitation. Find out how a small, affordable loan empowered this mother of two with lasting access to safe water at home.

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    Khateeja is confident and proud

    Without a toilet at their home in India, Khateeja and her daughters had no choice but to walk about 500 meters to relieve themselves in an open field. Khateeja worried greatly for her daughter’s safety knowing how dangerous going in public can be for young women. Read how this mother changed her family's lives by giving them an improved sanitation solution at home.

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    Kantabai gave her family safe water and a bright future

    In the countries where we work, like India, women and children often bear the primary responsibility for water collection. After decades of collecting water from distant sources outdoors, Kantabai is thankful she could finally give her sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren safe water at home.

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India impact statistics

People reached 27.3 million

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

Capital mobilized (USD) $1.4 billion

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

Loans disbursed 6 million

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

Number of active partners 21

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

Repayment rate 97%

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

Average loan size (USD) $245

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

Percent of women borrowers 99%

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

Households living under $6.85/day 87%

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

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