Indonesia stories

Together, we've empowered millions of people with access to safe water and sanitation. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

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Juleha
Juleha

Water.org made possible for people like Juleha and her husband small, affordable loans to cover the up-front costs associated with connecting to their local water utility’s pipelines. Read Juleha's story.

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Sariati
Sariati's water crisis is over

For generations, women in Sariati’s family faced an impossible choice when it came to giving their families water - certain death without water, or possible death from consuming unsafe water. For these women in Indonesia and millions of others around the world, collecting water would take up to six hours each day.

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To making a house a home
To making a house a home

Mherindalee’s home is important to her. It’s where her family lives, works, plays, and rests. The water flowing from Mherindalee’s kitchen tap means now she has time - time to care for her home, time to play with her children, and time to make her family’s favorite dishes.

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Play in Indonesia
Give water credit for time to play

Summer is a time for fun and play. But for millions of kids who don't have access to safe water, the joys of summer and time to play are a world away. When families have no running water at home, water collection is often the chore of moms and their kids. Women and children spend 258 million hours every day collecting water. This is time they could spend going to school, at work, or simply playing. Take a moment to celebrate the play times you’ve helped make possible by watching video clips of kids playing in the communities where we work.

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Water for Fitri
Water for Fitri

Sumy wants her daughter to have a good life, one unburdened by the water crisis. Read how something called WaterCredit empowered Sumy and her husband to make that life possible for Fitri.

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Nureni and her son in Indonesia
Nureni

Nureni is a business owner, a wife and a mother. Through something we call WaterCredit, Nureni now has access to a safe water tap in her kitchen. Read more about how this tap has helped her earn an income to put her son through school.

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Erni's family in Indonesia
Being poor costs more than you think

Erni is a wife, mother and schoolteacher who lives on the outskirts of Jakarta. Her story reminds us that access to safe water is an opportunity for financial independence.

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Sarmanah's hands
These hands

These hands have tended a garden, raised children, and cared for a dying husband. All the while, these hands have hauled bucket after heavy bucket of water every day, for many years.

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Uni in Indonesia
Waiting a lifetime for water

Uni is unsure of her exact age, she doesn't know what caused her daughter to die, and admittedly, she doesn't know what the next day holds. However, one thing she can be certain of is that soon she will have access to safe water at home.

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Aisyah is smart

Meet Aisyah. Empowered with access to safe water at home, she changed her own world.

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