Gusril Bahar has worked for twelve years in banking, finance and marketing industries and more than ten years in the field of water supply and management. Gusril began his water career in 2002 as Director of Local Water Utility Company “PDAM” in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra Indonesia. During this assignment he was a pioneer in developing a microcredit program with a local bank branch. The bank lent to low income households to enable them to pay the upfront costs to connect to the water utility network.
In 2006 Gusril was hired as a Microfinance Specialist by Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) to implement water and sanitation microfinance components of the USAID-ESP program. He focused on supporting water utilities launching microfinance programs for low income households. Prior to joining Water.org in April 2014, Gusril was Microfinance Program Coordinator with the Indonesia Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene program (IUWASH) funded by USAID and implemented by DAI.
In 2010 Gusril attended the Environmental Leadership Program Summer course organized by the College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, USA.
Commitment to Water.org
Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic need that directly impacts family health and productivity. Minimal access to water and sanitation is common among low income households, and many financial institutions do not recognize the importance of offering their customers financing for water and sanitation facilities. Water.org brings a strong commitment to overcome this challenge with a business-minded approach. Sustainable loan products for water and sanitation can ensure that people have the resources they need to invest in their health and productivity. I am very happy to commit myself to helping low income communities secure a better future through clean water and sanitation.
Bachelors in Civil Engineering, University of Indonesia, Jakarta-Depok, Indonesia
Masters in Islamic and Busines Management, Tazkia Islamic Economic Unversity, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
Environmental Leadership Program, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, USA