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  • Women Helping Themselves, co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. These women formed a self-help group to obtain financing for a pump in their community of  Mettupatti, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo courtesy of