Mission: We envision the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water. It is easy to take for granted ready access to a safe supply of drinking water. Yet nearly one billion people lack this most basic commodity. Creating accessible, safe water supplies in developing countries liberates people to live healthier, fuller, more productive lives.
Programs: By catalyzing small loans to individuals and communities in developing countries who do not have access to traditional credit markets, WaterCredit empowers people to immediately address their own water needs. For households, the typical loan size is USD$130. The overall loan repayment rate for all WaterCredit programs is 91 percent (two pilot programs were converted into grants). Programs begun in the last two years are averaging 95-98 percent repayment rates. After 10 years of loan cycles, five times as many people have water with WaterCredit than with a similar amount of grant funding.