Smiles from Indonesia

Suami lives in Indonesia where one-fourth of the population still lack access to an improved water source. Read how through Water.org's WaterCredit program she was able to construct a water tap and a toilet in her home.

Suami lives in a community in Java, Indonesia. Java is home to 57% of Indonesia's population, a country where one-fourth of the population still lack access to an improved water source. Here Suami shares her story about how, through Water.org's WaterCredit program, her family now has improved access to safe water and a toilet.

My name is Suami, and I am 47 years-old. I have 3 children, two girls and one boy. We live in a community in Java, Indonesia. My husband works as a motorcycle taxi driver. His income is very unstable and often inadequate to meet our daily needs and those of our school-age children. So, to provide more income for our household I sell clothes around the neighborhood.

With little extra to invest at once to tap into the municipal line and construct a water connection at home, Suami shared how the family accessed water.

The river across from my house was practically our only access to water and sanitation (to take a bath, to defecate, to wash our kitchen utensils, vegetables, etc.), except for cooking, which we had to buy from water vendors. At the beginning of this year, KPP offered a new product for WASH improvements and I gladly took the opportunity to get a loan because for years I have desired safe and healthy toilet facilities for my family. In just a few days a safe water connection, a toilet, and septic tank were built inside my house. As a sign of gratitude, I threw a gathering with my family and neighbors after the construction was complete to celebrate having our own toilet and water tap.

I express my highest appreciation to KPP-UMKM, Water.org, and IUWASH for this loan for my family.


This project 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
Indonesia