All for Water and Water for All
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a useful framework for benchmarking the social and environmental impact of our work. For investors seeking to align investments with this global framework, WaterEquity’s funds drive positive impact toward the achievement of all SDGs, in particular the following six.
Water and Sanitation
We invest in water and sanitation enterprises to scale their reach among those living in poverty. This includes investing in microfinance institutions, micro-utilities, toilet manufacturers, and water purification and sales kiosks. For example, our investees connect families to piped water systems, finance the construction of high-quality toilets, manufacture water filtration devices, and so much more.
The need for water taxes families who without it, are likely to pay up to 15x more for drinkable water for their family. Factor in up to six hours daily for water collection, transport, and filtration, and people’s prospects for economic security go down the drain.
Good Health and Well-being
Increasing access to safe water and sanitation has a strong and direct impact on disease reduction and a corresponding increase in health and well-being.
Imagine dropping out of school or being unemployed because your time and energy is needed to secure water for your family. Women and girls spend up to six hours every day collecting water. That’s why 1 in 4 girls in emerging markets don’t finish elementary school. With safe water and sanitation, girls can stay in school and women have time to go to work, build their own businesses, and contribute to the development of their families and communities.
Like life, business runs on water. Nobody goes to work without it. Investments that enable people and communities to have access to safe water and sanitation fuel economic growth. No longer spending hours collecting safe water, girls gain back their time to attend school and women can work and start their own businesses. And, as water and sanitation enterprises scale, they create new jobs and find a reliable flow of talent.
Families living in poverty are the most vulnerable to climate change. Droughts mean women and girls spend less time working or in school, and more time walking farther and farther distances or waiting in long lines to find water for their families. Floods mean that potable water sources are contaminated with biohazards, particularly in areas with inadequate sanitation infrastructure, spreading fatal diseases like cholera. Investments in sustainable water distribution and wastewater treatment help families adapt and become more resilient to climate change.