Philippines' water and sanitation crisis

Out of its population of 115 million people, 60 million people (52% of the population) lack access to safe water and 43 million people (37%) lack access to a safe toilet. Despite its growing economy, the Philippines faces significant challenges in terms of water and sanitation access. The country is rapidly urbanizing, and its growing cities struggle to provide new residents with adequate water and sanitation services.

In 2010, the government of the Philippines developed a road map to achieve universal water and sanitation services coverage by 2028. is working to support this goal.

  • Stories of Impact

    Unlocking her potential

    Nimfa’s story is a story shared by many women in her village. After spending too many girlhood hours searching for water, and spending too much money paying for what they lacked, they grew up to recognize their potential and knew they needed safe water to unlock it.

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    Nimfa's water pump
  • Stories of Impact

    How Janine gave her family safe water

    Janine is a hardworking woman who is determined to give her family what they need to survive. When her family needed an affordable way to get safe water at home, Janine made the connection to give them a long-term safe water connection. Read her story.

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  • Stories of Impact

    A lasting safe water solution for Zeny's family

    Zeny was happy to learn her family could get a small, affordable loan from their local bank to get a water connection at home. Now the family pays less than 5% of their monthly income on water. Read Zeny's story.

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Philippines impact statistics

People reached 8.4 million

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

Capital mobilized (USD) $347 million

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

Loans disbursed 1.8 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 99%

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

Average loan size (USD) $185

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

Percent of women borrowers 97%

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

Households living under $6.85/day 91%

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

To help end the water crisis in the Philippines, donate today.