Our vision: Safe water & the dignity of a toilet for all.
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“I want to make sure our water sources are improved because I believe this will give us health, security and the dignity we have always wanted for our children.” – Jostna
Read her story linked to our profile. #waterislife#givewatercredit
It is for moms like Jostna Water.org created WaterCredit. WaterCredit empowers the poor to take hold of their water and sanitation crisis, and put an end to it. That’s exactly what Jostna wanted to do. Rather than come up with all of the funding at once, she could access a small loan to finance her own water tap and toilet. Jostna is now working with Water.org’s partner in Bangladesh to construct her own tap at home.This will put the needed resources into her home immediately, freeing her and her husband to work and focus on their children. “I want to make sure our toilet and water sources are improved because I believe this will give us health, security and the dignity we have always wanted for our children.” - Jostna #givewatercredit#waterislife
Continuing Jostna's story... Unsafe water and poor hygiene caused Jostna’s son to become critically ill. When the family could finally get medical attention for him at the age of four, doctors concluded Jostna’s son to have permanent brain damage. This was due to the consumption of dirty water that led to multiple bouts of diarrhea and dehydration. The doctor recommended Jostna install a deep tubewell at home to prevent any more water-borne illness in the home. Broken-hearted and determined to prevent her other children from suffering like her son, Jostna started saving money for a tubewell. It is for moms like Jostna Water.org created WaterCredit. WaterCredit empowers the poor to take hold of their water and sanitation crisis, and put an end to it. That’s exactly what Jostna wanted to do. Rather than come up with all of the funding at once, she could access a small loan to finance her very own water tap and toilet. Jostna is now working with Water.org’s partner in Bangladesh to construct her own tap at home. This will put the needed resources into her home immediately.
We are celebrating more than 5 million lives empowered with water, and the millions more you will empower. Celebrate all you’ve helped make possible, read our annual report linked to our profile.
After enduring far too much from dirty water, a brave Jostna sought her own solution and empowered her family with safe water at home. Read her story linked to our profile. #givewatercredit#waterislife
Thanks to you, @water has reached more than 5 million people in need of safe water and toilets.Celebrate this milestone with us by viewing our annual report - linked to our profile.
Our #EarthDay wish, safe water and sanitation for all.
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Thanks to you, we are changing millions of lives through 67 water and sanitation programs. Read all about them in our annual report, linked to our profile.
ICYMI, earlier today @water Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White engaged in conversations with global leaders on the importance of finance as a solution to solving the global water crisis. Catch up on the details by visiting @worldbank's #ItsPossible campaign on Facebook. In the meantime, a quote from one conversation..."The poor often pay more for water than the middle class. They have no savings, but spend up to 25% of their income for water." -Matt Damon on why we do what we do #givewatercredit#waterislife
Thanks to each of you, we celebrated a big milestone in 2016 — 5 million people reached to date with water and sanitation! It is for this and all that is now possible that we proudly share with you our annual report. Link is in our profile.
When you empower a mom like Ruth with access to safe water, she can change her world. With water at home, she is giving her family a new life.
Continuing Ruth's story...
Then came a solution. Water.org’s work in Peru meant Ruth could have access to safe water at home. No more walking. No more hauling. We created WaterCredit for people like Ruth, to empower the poor to finance the construction of their own water tap, at home.
Ruth's father carries pales of water from her home tap just a few steps across the road to his home, where he will feed his sheep and goats.
This week we are sharing the story of Ruth. Read her story about life before and after being empowered to access safe water at home - it's linked to our profile. #givewatercredit#waterislife
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Ruth is hopeful and determined. After a childhood spent collecting water, she wanted more for her adult life. She is now an artist, a wife, and an empowered mother who is changing her family’s world.
Ruth grew up in the mountainous region of Huancayo, Peru. There her family raised sheep. As a young girl she did not attend school for long as the responsibility to collect water for the family and livestock eventually consumed her days.
A young Ruth may have spent days dreaming about the things she wanted to create, the pictures she wanted to draw, the artist in her she wished to explore.
Photos include moto-taxi covers Ruth designed and sewed.
Empowered with water, Ruth is hopeful.
Celebrate her story with us - link is in our profile.
Ruth is hopeful and determined. After a childhood spent collecting water, she wanted more for her adult life. She is now an artist, a wife, and an empowered mother who is changing her family’s world. Ruth's full story is linked to our profile.
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Something beautiful is happening in India. Read about it via the link in our profile.
But, when they have access to safe water at home...they are empowered to do more. More time to learn, to work, to grow flowers...like the women in Mahahalli Village. Read their story linked to our profile. #givewatercredit#waterislife
Every household in Mahahalli village took out a loan, and constructed a toilet of their own. Giving wives, mothers, and sisters newfound freedom to pursue a job, or spend their time on other, more productive tasks. Many chose to dedicate their days to the lavender and marigold fields that border their homes. Access to safe water and adequate sanitation can jump-start a cycle, improving the lives of an entire family a bit more every single day. Thanks to money saved on doctor’s visits, and a new source of income, these solutions afford families more than just comfort: they provide families with the ability to easily repay the loan itself. Now, with their toilets fully paid-off, many women in Mahahalli are applying for a new WaterCredit loan to bring access to safe water into their homes. By reinvesting in their own futures, they’re ensuring that they and their families grow more prosperous through their own hard work. Just like the flowers in Mahahalli, which bloom brighter with each passing season.
A few dozen kilometers south of Bangalore, India, something new is blooming. Just outside of Mahahalli village, rows of perfectly planted flowers rise up to meet a rolling, one-lane, country road. The colorful blossoms pop against the verdant foliage, and each paints the landscape with a single dot of color. Yellow or vermillion. Purple or peach. Each morning and every evening, women dressed in saris as vibrant as the flowers themselves walk between the well-tended rows, checking the blooms and watering the roots. Read the story linked to our profile to learn why the women in this village can now farm and sell flowers, rather than spend their days concerned about access to water.
Welcome to April.
Now Sabina can garden and sell vegetables. Here's why... Around the globe, women are primarily responsible for providing water for their families. Tasked with this critical role, they face an impossible choice: certain death without water or possible death from illness due to dirty water. Women and girls often spend up to six hours each day collecting water. This takes time away from school, work, and caring for family.
Empowering women is crucial to solving the global water crisis. This is why Water.org empowers women to get safe water and sanitation by helping them access affordable financing. Water.org created WaterCredit to do this. We enable access to small, affordable loans that in turn, enable the poor to install household water connections and toilets in their homes. To date, we have disbursed more than one million loans, and 93 percent of the borrowers are women.
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This #ThankfulThursday we look back at last week's @stellaartois World Water Day event in the Oculus. We are thankful for @stellaartois ongoing support to empower women around the world through access to safe water and sanitation.
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We all come with a gift in our hand designed to make the world a better place.
As we look back at the amazing support you showed last week during World Water Day, we look ahead to all that will now be possible for women, children, and communities around the world. Income, opportunity, bright futures. Just a few of the things you invested in when you invested in @water. Thank you.
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Last week we shared stories about empowered women who are changing their worlds. So how do we empower women? We empower women to get safe water by helping them access affordable financing through something we call WaterCredit. Ninety-three percent of the people who finance their water solutions are women, and they are repaying their loans at a 99% repayment rate. We truly believe empowering women is critical because though they aren't trying to change the world, they will. #fieldpic#wherewework
Through something we call WaterCredit, families like Edita’s can access small, affordable loans that enable them to install household water connections and toilets.
Goal in reach, it was only a few short weeks before Edita turned the knob on her very own tap. And within a few short months, she and her husband will repay their loan with money earned from farm work available to them in Concepcion.
It was with hope and determination Edita moved her family to a better home, and it is with access to safe water she is more empowered than ever to change their world.
This week of #WorldWaterDay, give to @water and empower a woman like Edita to change her own world. Give confidently at WaterDay.org
She seems unassuming; however upon conversation with Edita one will discover the quiet confidence that drove her to bring her family to Concepcion Village, where they could access both good schools and running water. Water.org’s work around the world includes removing the financial barriers that separate the poor in Concepcion Village from accessing the municipal water lines running just under their feet. Through something we call WaterCredit, families like Edita’s can access small, affordable loans that enable them to install household water connections and toilets.
This #WorldWaterDay you can donate in confidence to @water knowing your support will transform more lives like Edita's. Give confidently at WaterDay.org.
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This #WorldWaterDay, empower a confident woman like Edita with safe water, and she can change her world. Give confidently at WaterDay.org.
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