Since 2013, the IKEA Foundation and Water.org have joined forces to drive innovation in the water sector, and improve the health and well-being of children. Through the expansion of WaterCredit in Bangladesh and support of our New Ventures Fund, this partnership will accelerate progress and ensure 180,000 people gain access to safe water and/or sanitation.
In 2015, Stella Artois (a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev) joined forces with Water.org to launch “Buy a Lady a Drink,” and donated $1.2 million to help improve access to safe water for women around the world.
The PepsiCo Foundation worked with Water.org to provide access to safe water and sanitation to under-served communities starting in 2008. Responsible for proving and scaling WaterCredit in India, this partnership empowered more than 1.6 million people with safe water and/or sanitation, and helped us to create sustainable and innovative models that accelerated the provision of safe water and/or sanitation, not only in India but throughout the developing world.
In 2015, Inditex, the fashion retail group including Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe, joined forces with Water.org to expand access to safe water and sanitation for those in need. Through the launch of WaterCredit in Cambodia, the expansion of WaterCredit in Bangladesh, and support of the New Ventures Fund, this partnership will empower more than 160,000 people with access to safe water and/or sanitation, and help accelerate progress towards new and innovative market-based solutions.
A partner since 2011, the Caterpillar Foundation supported a significant expansion of WaterCredit in India reaching more than 500,000 people, funded a market assessment to explore the launch of WaterCredit in Indonesia, and supported the launch of WaterCredit in Peru, Indonesia and the Philippines, with an expected reach of 280,000 people by 2018.
In 2011, the Bank of America Foundation and Water.org teamed up to bring safe water and sanitation to more than 12,800 people in India through WaterCredit. After expanding this partnership, they will now empower 100,000 people in southern India to obtain safe water and/or sanitation solutions, accelerating positive change for people in their homes and communities, and further building the capacity of three WaterCredit partners. In addition, in 2017, Bank of America made a $5 million zero interest loan for WaterEquity. This loan will support WaterCredit Investment Fund 3, WaterEquity’s new $50 million social investment fund that will invest in enterprises serving water and sanitation needs among the world’s poor.
In partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Water.org launched WaterCredit in Ethiopia, addressing the country’s unmet demand for affordable safe water and sanitation loan products. During the course of this program, at least 40,000 people will be empowered with access to safe water.
In 2014, the Helmsley Charitable Trust and Water.org joined together to bring access to clean water and sanitary toilets to people in need in Kenya and Ghana. Through this partnership, 16,000 people in Kenya and 26,000 people in Ghana will gain access to safe water and/or improved sanitation through Water.org’s community-based programs.
In partnership with Water.org, Cartier Philanthropy brought safe water and/or sanitation to more than 17,000 people in Haiti, and aims at reaching more than 28,000 in Ethiopia by the end of 2017, through critical water and/or sanitation infrastructure and water systems.
Working with Water.org since 2012, the Swiss Re Foundation has expanded WaterCredit programs in India, supported additional WaterCredit Advisory Services in India, and launched WaterCredit programs in the Philippines. Overall, this partnership will empower nearly 140,000 people to gain access to improved safe water and/or sanitation solutions.
In late 2016, Danone AQUA partnered with Water.org to improve and accelerate access to safe water and sanitation in rural areas in Indonesia through a microfinance solution. Through their support of our work, we hope to reach more than 39,000 people in five districts in Indonesia in the coming years.
In-country implementation partners
Our in-country partners are the key to our work. They are the front line in implementing programs and expanding access to affordable financing for safe water and sanitation. Thanks to their real-time problem solving and long-term understanding of market needs, we can reach more people.
We currently have 79 partners and are evaluating new markets and partner organizations. If you would like to be part of our powerful solution, download tool kits and learn more here.
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