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Quick Facts
Capital: Lima
Population of 31.1 million
4 million lack access to safe water
7.5 million lack access to improved sanitation
8% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day

Peru's Water Crisis

Peru projects expanded its WaterCredit model to Peru in 2013. began lending to families and individuals in need of safe water and sanitation in 2015, working alongside in-country financial institutions. With four million Peruvians lacking access to safe water and eight million lacking adequate sanitation services, is working to empower more and more Peruvians with safe, close, and cost-effective water and sanitation connections.

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.’s partners have a strong presence in peri-urban areas around Lima, in the north of the country and along the coast. One of’s partners also serves rural communities and towns in the mountainous Central Sierra region. In total, aims to reach more than 100,000 people in Peru with access to improved water and sanitation by 2018.