Indonesia's water and sanitation crisis

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, with 255 million inhabitants. Average income levels have increased dramatically over the last 20 years, yet more than 33 million Indonesians lack safe water, and 100 million lack access to improved sanitation facilities.

For millions of low-income Indonesian families, new water connections, water wells and improved toilets are unaffordable without additional financing which helps spread the investment cost over time. Fortunately, there is a growing microfinance sector serving low-income households across the country, and they are recognizing that financing for water supply and sanitation is a growing need. 

For millions of low-income Indonesian families, new water connections, water wells and improved toilets are unaffordable without additional financing which helps spread the investment cost over time.

Our impact in Indonesia

Water.org introduced WaterCredit in Indonesia in 2014. Since then, we have opened an office in Jakarta, hired staff and launched local partnerships with fourteen microfinance institutions. We continue to expand our presence by pursuing partnerships with different types of organizations, including partnerships with associations and rural banks.

Water.org sees great potential to scale up our impact by collaborating with water utilities in both rural and urban areas. Community-based organizations are responsible for providing water and sanitation services to rural communities. We develop their operations and financial viability, and help them secure loans to improve services and support expansion to reach more people with water connections. We are also working with urban water utilities to improve their credit services for poor customers’ water connections, and to access commercial capital to expand service coverage with new water infrastructure.

We are also exploring new partnerships with urban water utilities to improve their financial services and invest in new water infrastructures to increase their service coverage. These utilities have the potential to provide a significant number of new water connections to urban households, a rapidly growing share of the Indonesian population.

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    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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    Nureni and her son in Indonesia
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    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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