Tanzania's water and sanitation crisis

Out of its population of 65 million people, 58 million people (88% of the population) lack access to safe water, and 49 million people (74%) lack access to a safe toilet. People living under these circumstances, particularly women and girls, spend a significant amount of time traveling long distances to collect water. And other challenges like underfunding of planned government projects, population growth, and extreme weather events due to climate change create challenges for those living in poverty. Now more than ever access to safe water at home is critical to families in Tanzania.

In Tanzania, demand for both water and sanitation are high and the market for water products (like storage tanks, pipes, and rain harvesting facilities) is dynamic. With the growing digital finance sector, there is a strong opportunity to scale our impact in Tanzania.

  • Stories of Impact

    Water for his family and his village

    Bakari is a young man who lives in rural Tanzania south of Dar es Salaam with his parents and siblings. Growing up in this region Bakari is all too familiar with the water crisis. Read more about how Bakari solved his family's water crisis and that of many in his village.

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  • Stories of Impact


    When COVID-19 reached Obwiri’s community, she had increasing concerns about her family’s sanitation situation. Read about how a small loan empowered her to solve her family's water and sanitation crisis at a critical time.

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Tanzania impact statistics

People reached 234,000

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

Capital mobilized (USD) $17.4 million

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

Loans disbursed 13,000

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

Number of active partners 5

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) $1,280

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

Percent of women borrowers 37%

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

Households living under $6.85/day 92%

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 Tanzania, donate today.