WaterEquity’s investments promote access to safe water and sanitation, economic opportunity, and gender equality.

Enabling Growth. Scaling Impact.
WaterEquity’s funds have made 30 investments across 3 countries.

Our investments are successfully increasing:



people reached with safe water or sanitation.



of individuals directly supported by our investments are women.



of the people impacted by our investments are low-income.

From Investment to Opportunity.

WaterEquity’s first fund invested in Sanghamithra – a microfinance institution providing affordable financing to families in India.

Thanks to our investment, Sanghamithra was able to provide Nandini – a mother of three and a shop owner in the Mysore district – a microloan to install a safe household water connection.

With the new water connection, Nandini spends less time each day waiting at a communal water point and more time working at her shop. This is how WaterEquity’s funds turn investments into opportunity.

"Having a sanitation solution at home means children are more likely to have higher cognitive test scores."

– Orgill , Jennifer. “Water, Sanitation, and Development: Household Preferences and Long-Term Impacts.” Duke University , 2017.

"Access to improved water at age 1 is associated with higher language scores at age 5, as shown in a study of more than 7,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam."

– Dearden, Kirk A, et al. “Does Household Access to Improved Water and Sanitation in Infancy and Childhood Predict Better Vocabulary Test Performance in Ethiopian, Indian, Peruvian and Vietnamese Cohort Studies?” BMJ Open, BMJ Publishing Group, 7 Mar. 2017. Accessed 2 Aug, 2017.

"Children aged 0-5 in households that own a latrine have higher cognitive scores ten years later compared to children from households without a latrine. Girls in particular score significantly higher on cognitive tests. Test scores are important indicators of human capital development and are predictive of labor market outcomes."

– Orgill , Jennifer. “Water, Sanitation, and Development: Household Preferences and Long-Term Impacts.” Duke University , 2017.

"For every year a girl stays in school, her income can increase by 15-25%."

– Montenegro, Claudio E., and Harry A. Patrinos. Comparable Estimates of Returns to Schooling Around the World. World Bank Group, 2014.

"More people have a mobile phone (7.4 billion) than a toilet (4.3 billion)."

– The World in 2015 ICT Facts and Figures. International Telecommunication Union, 2015.

"50% of child malnutrition is associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene."

– Safer water, Better Health: Costs, benefits and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health. World Health Organization (WHO), 2008.

"In Africa and Asia, women and children walk an average of 3.7 miles a day just to collect water."

– Water for Women: Every woman counts. Every Second Counts. United Nations, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO. 2015.

"Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to basic water and sanitation."

– Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2015 Update and MDG Assessment. World Health Organization and UNICEF, 2015.