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Water.org

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We envision the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water and experience the dignity of a toilet. Providing clean water can break the cycle of poverty and ensure a bright future, build strong communities and ensure global health.

Real Life

Narasamma is a mother of three and has lived in Ambedkar Nagar slum, India, for 20 years. She lost her husband two years ago, and her eldest son recently became sick and had an operation because he had a hole in his intestine. Her second son is working in an office, and her 19-year-old younger daughter is still studying. She is a domestic worker in four houses and earns about Rs. 2500/- [$56 USD] per month.

Twenty years ago, Narasamma constructed a small house in Ambedkar Nagar. Eight years ago, she was able to cover the house with a solid roof. Her slum has always suffered from water and sanitation problems because there is no main water infrastructure.

Many times she has tried to construct a toilet in her home but could not, due to financial difficulties. She had borrowed Rs.5, 000/- [$112 USD] from a local money lender for the treatment of her son. Since she had to repay the loan amount, she could not construct the toilet.

Later, Narasamma approached Water.org and its local partner SIDUR for a WaterCredit loan. Finally, her desire of having an individual toilet has come true!