844 million people — about 1 in 9 — lack access to safe water; 2.3 billion — about 1 in 3 — lack access to a toilet. Water.org is dedicated to changing this, empowering families through access to affordable financing and expert resources to make household water and toilet solutions a reality.
Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation.
For more than 25 years, Gary White has made it his mission to bring water and sanitation to the world. In 2009 he founded Water.org with actor Matt Damon to pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis that break down barriers to give families hope, health and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.
All over the world millions of families spend more than 20% of their income on water. They are caught in a cycle of poverty, unable to afford permanent access to water in their homes and beholden to water merchants who charged exorbitant fees.
The truth is that many of these families can get a water or sanitation solution in their home for a fraction of their annual water costs. All they need is access to affordable financing to make this a reality. Water.org believes that if they can provide people with small, affordable loans for water connections and toilets, we can empower people to participate in the solution.
After more than ten years in action, WaterCredit is recognized as a proven, powerful solution. Water.org has reached more than 11 million people through more than 2.6 million loans. Their partners have loaned more than $848 million to families in the developing world for safe water and sanitation.
This solution is in high demand, sustainable, and reaching the right people. When given an opportunity to pay for water and sanitation improvements with loans, families opt to finance long-term solutions versus struggle day-to-day to find that next liter of water. More than 90% of borrowers are women – those most impacted by the water crisis – and loan repayment rates are above 99%. The most encouraging aspect of this repayment rate is that every repaid loan can empower another family with safe water.
Learn more about Water.org and WaterCredit here.
At Play For More we recognize that the global water crisis is one of the biggest issues facing our world today and has a devastating impact on the poor all over the world. The number of people, especially children, who die every day because they lack access to safe water is entirely unacceptable. We are proud to support Water.org's efforts ensure that everyone have access to safe water and sanitation.
As a Sponsored Cause 10% of every sale from our online store goes directly to Water.org to support programs that provide access to affordable safe water sources to those who need them most.