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Innovate Podcast: Rich Thorsten and Water.org

19 March
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World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day (always on March 22nd) that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. In commemoration of that event, today we’re talking about access to potable water.

Today 785 million people lack access to safe water at home. And 2 billion don’t have access to a toilet. The water crisis negatively impacts the health and livelihood of more than one-third of our global population. Water.org exists to change this.

Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. They want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.

They help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, such as small loans. They work every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children health and families a bright future.

For more than 25 years, water.org has made it their mission to bring water and sanitation to the world. Founded by Gary White and Academy Award Winner, Matt Damon, they pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis

Rich Thorsten is water.org’s Chief Impact Officer. Rich leads the team responsible for working with financial institutions, water and sanitation enterprises, and other sector leaders to empower millions of people in need with access to safe water and sanitation. He works to find effective ways to empower people and catalyze finance to improve the security, health, and welfare of those living in poverty worldwide.

Rich’s 25-plus year career has included programmatic and leadership roles at Water.org and U.S. conservation organizations. Rich holds a master’s and a doctorate degree in planning, with a focus on water and sanitation in developing countries.


Date: 19 March