Rosa in front of her new bathroom

Rosa and her husband Luis live in Peru, where they run a small convenience shop and auto repair garage from their home. Together with their two children, they lived without a finished bathroom. Thanks to WaterCredit by, they were able to build the walls and roof their bathroom needed to make it safe and complete.

Rosa and her tight-knit family live in Lima. Their love for each other and desire to succeed fills the home. Rosa, 33 years old, runs a small convenience shop, while her husband Luis is self-employed and runs his own auto repair garage from the family home. Together, they work hard to earn enough money to cover the family’s daily expenses and support their two children.

Rosa and an officer from Caja Sullana in front of her new bathroom Rosa and an officer from Caja Sullana, a local partner, in front of her nearly-finished bathroom.

Rosa and Luis are on-going clients of Caja Sullana, a local partner. Recently, the couple learned about WaterCredit loans. With the family’s own bathroom still needing walls and a roof, they were excited to hear about other clients who had taken out similar loans, called “Credibaño,” to improve household bathrooms.

Eventually, they decided to take out a WaterCredit loan, which allowed them to build the walls and roof their bathroom previously lacked. The bathroom is nearly complete, with finishing touches such as tiles and paint underway. Once complete, the new walls and roof will provide the family with the privacy and security they desired.

Rosa, Luis and their children are excited for their new bathroom. Rosa says the project is very important to her: "For me, a good home should have water and sewer connections as well as a nice bathroom."

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

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