Mexico's water and sanitation crisis

Water supply and sanitation in Mexico has experienced both great achievements and continued challenges. Over the last two decades, Mexico saw a significant nationwide increase in access to piped water supply and improved sanitation in both urban and rural areas.

The challenges include water scarcity in certain parts of the country; inadequate drinking water quality and wastewater treatment, and poor technical and commercial efficiency of most utilities. More than half of Mexican households with access to piped water receive services on an intermittent basis, particularly in smaller municipalities and poor areas.

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

  • Stories of Impact

    Today Juanita rests

    Juanita has lived in the same community for more than half her life. She’s seen how a lack of access to safe water challenges families in Mexico. Read how affordable, lasting access to safe water at home means Juanita can finally rest while she enjoys watching her grandchildren thrive in school and in life.

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  • Stories of Impact

    To when flowers bloom

    There was a time Leticia and Salvador worried about whether or not they could sustain their family and their livelihood because they lacked access to safe water at home. Read about how a small loan for a lasting safe water solution helped Salvador seize his income-generating potential and change his family's lives.

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Mexico impact statistics

People reached 17,000

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

Capital mobilized (USD) $6.9 million

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

Loans disbursed 4,400

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) $1,551

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.

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