Erni smiling

Erni is a wife, mother and school teacher. She and her husband have made a home for their family in a peri-urban village outside of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Erni and her family were among the more than 37 million people who lack access to safe water in Indonesia. For years they paid exorbitant amounts of money for water from the local water truck because they did not have access to water at home. To buy it was the only way to get clean drinking water for her two children. The alternative was to collect dirty water from the river near their home.

Erni with her husband and daughter

Today, Erni smiles. Because through's work in Indonesia her family could afford to install a water tap at home, on their property. The water is safe and convenient. Now the income Erni makes from teaching school helps pay for the other necessities her family requires to live comfortably.

Erni's daughter sitting on a moped

The success of this story was made possible by a generous grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.

Population of 255.7 million
33 million lack safe water
100 million lack sanitation
43% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day
Capital: Jakarta