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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The day everything changed

Umi is a mom of two boys. Before getting affordable access to safe water at home, Umi and her seven-year-old son walked to a stream to collect water. Read about how a small loan changed their lives.

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Pawit and Setiyono's journey to water

Before having access to safe water at home, water collection was a major focus of each day for Pawit and Setiyono. Watch the couple's story as they share their journey to getting affordable access to a lasting safe water solution.

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Lilis is proud to have safe water at home

As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Lilis’ village, the safety and comfort she felt about her home, their access to food and water, and their finances shifted. Lilis had new concerns about her family's ability to survive.

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Anah
Anah

Anah lives in rural Indonesia where she grows her family's food and enjoys hosting guests. Until recently she lacked an adequate supply of water to feed her livestock and water her crops. She also did not have a bathroom for her daughter and visitors. She longed to have water and a toilet and thanks to your support, she how has both.

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Mumina at home
Mumina's family still has access to safe water

When she’s not sewing to support her family's income, Mumina gardens a small vegetable bed, launders clothing, and cares for her children. This life—time to sew, water for clean laundry and fresh food, Mumina’s happiness—it is made possible by access to safe water. Something Mumina has known for a few years now, but at one time, she thought was impossible.

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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. 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 our WaterCredit solution, 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
For some, water 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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