Today, 780 million people have no safe water source within 30 minutes of home. Two billion lack even a basic toilet. The women and girls who spend their days collecting water have little time for work or school. And contaminated water can be a death sentence: water-borne diseases kill more people than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined. Many people living in poverty want to invest in solving this problem, but they lack adequate savings and cannot get an affordable loan. Water.org changes that. We work with local financial institutions and other partners to provide microloans that fund access to water and sanitation systems. Twenty-one million people have gained access through these loans, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of improved health, economic opportunity, gender equity. Though more than half the people we serve live on less than $2/day, 99% repay their loans. The solution is therefore sustainable—and significantly scalable.
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