CHARITY ALONE CANNOT MATCH THE SCALE OF THIS GLOBAL CRISIS

The size of the global water crisis is daunting

Almost 6x the population of the United States lives without a household water connection. And when it comes to sanitation, more people have a mobile phone than a toilet.

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844 million people - 1 in 9 - lack access to water.

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2.3 billion people — 1 in 3 — lack access to a toilet.

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Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.

CHARITY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM

It would take donations of $200 billion a year over five years to end the global water crisis.

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Annual aid for water and sanitation amounts to only US $8 billion – far short of the $1 trillion needed to solve this crisis and maintain access long term.

The scale of our current solution doesn't match the magnitude of the problem.

Gary White

ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FINANCING IS LIMITED

Charity plays an important role, helping those in extreme poverty. But what largely goes overlooked is the hundreds of millions living in poverty who are willing and able to take out and repay small loans to bring piped water into their homes or construct a toilet.

So what’s keeping that from happening? The microfinance institutions and other enterprises that serve the needs of those at the base of the economic pyramid require access to more affordable capital to respond to the high demand for these services. The result today is an underserved market, and a missed opportunity.

565 million people need access to affordable financing for water and sanitation.

This represents $12 billion in demand.



WE NEED A GAME-CHANGING INNOVATION

What if we could make it feasible to meet that pent-up demand? And, what if we could engage the very people affected by the global water crisis to help solve the crisis? This is the innovation that is WaterEquity.

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