Brazil's water and sanitation crisis

Despite having one of the largest economies in the world, there are still deep inequalities in access to water and sanitation among Brazil’s geographical regions, rural and urban communities and households. Currently there are more than 1.2 million people without access to safe water and 20 million without access to improved sanitation. For those who do have access to safe water, the water supply downtime, disruption in service and deficiencies in drinking water systems remain challenging.

Lack of access to improved water and sanitation disrupts the socioeconomic development of the country and has significant implications on health. Brazil ranks higher than average, globally, on infant death mortality and hospitalizations of adults and children. These rankings are linked, at least in part, to a severe lack of access to improved water and sanitation services.

Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Brazil so they can prepare and protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases.

194 K 194,000 people reached
$34 M $34 million in loans disbursed by our partners
9 partners
  • Stories of Impact

    Access to sanitation brings comfort and safety

    Andrea lives in Brazil. She provides for her family’s necessities like food and shelter, but beyond those things, she has not been in a financial position to save enough money to improve her family’s sanitation situation. Read how a small, affordable loan changed this.

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  • Stories of Impact

    How the water crisis affects families in Brazil

    Like 25 million Brazilians, Maria lacked access to adequate sanitation in her home, where she lives and works and helps raise her granddaughter. Read about how a small loan gave this mother and grandmother the resource needed to keep her family healthy.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Glaucia's sanitation crisis solved

    For Glaucia, paying a small amount each month to pay off a loan for a bathroom at home was both affordable and practical. She no longer had to worry about her family’s health and the medical expenses that came with poor hygiene issues. Glaucia gave her family a bathroom much sooner than she’d ever thought imaginable.

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