the problem

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1.8 billion people drink contaminated water

40% of water projects fail*

Why? It is not enough to simply dig a well or provide a water filter. A project like this often breaks down soon after the implementing group leaves. The local community must be engaged and must be able to independently maintain their water system. 

* Davis, S. (2014). Guidelines for Resolution of Problems with Water Systems. (Rep.) Improve International.



Our Solution

partner with communities to launch clean water franchises


We provide the up-front funding and train local leaders to oversee operations and maintenance. Families pay just a few dollars per month for their water service.


Maintenance and other ongoing costs are covered by these monthly service fees. The initial investment builds a permanent, independent source of clean water. 


By placing local leaders at the center and providing WASH Education, we empower people to break “poverty traps”. Unlike top-down approaches, community franchises adapt to local culture.

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Every situation is different; no one technology works everywhere. We custom-fit each franchise's water system using 33 Buckets Toolbox, our scalable design system.



make a difference

Support our work. Donate to our ongoing work in Peru. $25 ensures clean water for one person for life.

Keep learning. Read more on Our Story and The Team behind it.

See what we've done so far. View photos of our completed projects in Peru, Dominican Republic, and Bangladesh.