From remote villages to capital cities, schools to health centres and hospitals, join us this International Women's Day as we meet four remarkable women who have helped their communities survive without access to safe water – and are now part of an incredible transformation.

Margarita, a midwife in Columbus, Nicaragua


In Columbus, Nicaragua, it’s not unusual to see midwife Margarita riding her horse on her way to help a mum-to-be in labour. But in an area without access to safe, clean water, reaching remote communities hasn’t been her only challenge.

“When we attend births, we collect water in buckets from the well.” >

Margaret, a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital, Tanzania


Keeping a labour ward clean is a challenging task at the best of times – let alone without a regular supply of safe water. As a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania, Margaret has gone to extreme lengths to keep mums-to-be and their new babies safe.

“I work on the labour ward. I start at 6am.” >