Mu'minah in Indonesia

World Water Day is March 22nd and this year we are highlighting the expansion of our work in Indonesia. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world; yet more than 37 million Indonesians lack access to safe water. Read how through Water.org lives like Mu'minah's are being changed.

Mu’minah is a wife and a mother living in Indonesia. She is among the millions in her country living without the amenities many in the world find readily accessible. Until recently Mu’minah’s family did not have access to water or a toilet. To suffice their needs for both, her family depended on a poor functioning hand pump and a hanging latrine. Neither solution was reliable or safe. On occasion Mu’minah’s family used their neighbor’s toilet, or went to a rice field to relieve themselves at night, still not ideal solutions for the eight-person household.

It was through Water.org Mu’minah found a solution to serve her families basic water and sanitation needs. With a small loan she funded the construction of a toilet and a water tap. Since the construction Mu’minah described her situation very positively, “The facilities are neat, healthy, and we don’t have to go to other’s houses to defecate, nor do we need to worry about going out at night to defecate.”

Like the many families Water.org has served around the world, now Mu’minah’s family can experience a life of better health, safety and possibility.

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
Indonesia