Tanzania's water and sanitation crisis

4 million people in Tanzania lack access to an improved source of safe water, and 29 million don't have access to improved sanitation. People living under these circumstances, particularly women and girls, spend a significant amount of time traveling long distances to collect water.

In Tanzania, demand for both water and sanitation are high and the market for water products (storage tanks, pipes, rain harvesting facilities, etc.) and suppliers appears to be dynamic. By taking advantage of the growing digital finance sector, there is a strong opportunity to scale our impact in Tanzania.

In Tanzania and around the world, people are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are striving to endure this crisis with an added challenge. They lack access to life’s most critical resource – water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Tanzania.

  • 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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  • 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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Tanzania impact statistics

People reached 140,000

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

Capital mobilized (USD) 7.7 million

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

Loans disbursed 8,000

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 93%

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

Average loan size (USD) 952

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 $6.00/day 90%

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

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