Peru 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.

Lelita - Peru
Investing in their home, health, and future

Lelita and her brother John share their childhood home outside of Chiclayo in Peru. Years ago, before their parents passed, the two committed to their mother and father that they would keep the home in the family. Though it is a simple concrete, dirt-floor dwelling, they promised to give future generations the best lives possible, in the house their parents built.

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Liliana - 1
A way for Liliana to make a way

Before her family had a toilet, they used a hole in the ground, and when Liliana needed water, she was forced to either walk a great distance, or ask her neighbors for help. Time consuming and burdensome, Liliana does not miss those days of wasted time and lost income.

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Dora and Moses Peru 2
Dora and Moses

The only thing missing from the home they loved was easy access to safe water and sanitation.

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Monica in Peru
Monica

Monica is studying to be a cosmetologist, and can’t wait to graduate. The optimism in her eyes and the confidence in her tone demonstrate readiness to see her hard work blossom into a career.

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Edita in Peru
Edita

Water.org’s work around the world includes removing the financial barriers that separate poor women like Edita from access to safe water.

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Angelina in Peru
Safer in so many ways

The village where Angelina lives did not have access to water until recently when her municipality built water lines throughout the community. While the infrastructure was put in place, it was up to individual villagers to pay for a connection.

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Marta in Peru
Marta's water connection

When asked why water is so important to her, Marta replied, "It is important because I feel more comfortable and clean. My house is cleaner. I have better health now, and...a better life.”

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Jose in Peru
Water is an investment in family

José works hard. He is driven by his desire to give his young daughters and wife a good life. Read how through access to safe water at home, José was able to do more for his family.

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Playtime in Peru
Making play possible

Deep in the rural hills beyond Sullana, Peru families make their homes on the high grounds above the banana farms and rice paddies. Children walk a few kilometers down dusty dirt roads to attend classes, and at the end of a warm winter’s day, return home for chores and more importantly, play.

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Nancy in Peru
A toilet is a beautiful thing

A toilet is something we rarely give a second thought until we need to use it. But for millions of people, a toilet is something they rarely - if ever - get to use.

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Martina in Peru
Find beauty in a basic necessity

Why a basic necessity is considered a beautiful thing for millions around the world.

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Ruth in Peru
Ruth

Ruth is hopeful and determined. After a childhood spent collecting water, she wanted more for her adult life. She is now an artist, a wife, and an empowered mother who is changing her family’s world.

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