The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Peru
Access to safe water and sanitation has improved in Peru over recent years, yet significant shortfalls in both public infrastructure and household facilities remain.
With a total population of 31 million Peruvians, roughly four million lack access to safe water, while nearly eight million lack access to improved sanitation. Throughout Peru, urban water and sanitation coverage is higher than rural coverage, and many rapidly growing peri-urban communities face limited access to these basic services.
Despite these challenges, the Peruvian microfinance market is among the most developed in the world in terms of its regulatory enabling environment and competition. Water.org sees this market as holding significant promise for the water and sanitation sector.
Launched in 2013, Water.org’s five-year WaterCredit initiative in Peru prioritizes regions that have a strong financial institution presence and high demand for water and sanitation improvements. With lending that began in June 2015, we are helping helping financial institutions develop products best suited for local demand. Our partners began to scale their portfolios in 2016.
Water.org’s partners have a strong presence nationwide, but especially in Lima, the northern coast and the southern highlands. We estimate that our partners will disburse more than 40,000 loans for indoor bathrooms, water and sewerage connections, improved sanitary installations (e.g., toilet with septic tank, upgraded latrine) and tanks for water collection and storage. In total, we aim to reach approximately 140,000 people in Peru with access to improved water and sanitation by 2018.