Peru's water and sanitation crisis

Access to safe water and sanitation has improved in Peru in recent years, yet significant shortfalls in both public infrastructure and household facilities remain. With a total population of 31 million Peruvians, four million lack access to safe water and eight million lack access to improved sanitation. Throughout Peru, urban water and sanitation coverage is higher than rural coverage, and many rapidly growing peri-urban communities face limited access to these basic services.

Despite these challenges, the Peruvian microfinance market is among the most developed in the world in terms of its regulatory enabling environment and competition. sees this market as holding significant promise for the water and sanitation sector.

Our impact in Peru

Launched in 2013,’s five-year WaterCredit program in Peru prioritizes regions that have a strong financial institution presence and high demand for water and sanitation improvements. With lending that began in June 2015, we are helping financial institutions develop products best suited for local demand. Our partners began to scale their portfolios in 2016.’s partners have a strong presence nationwide, but especially in Lima, the northern coast and the southern highlands. We estimate that our partners will disburse more than 100,000 loans for indoor bathrooms, water and sewerage connections, improved sanitary installations and tanks for water collection and storage.

In total, we aim to reach approximately 300,000 people in Peru with access to improved water and sanitation by 2018.
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    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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    Dora and Moses

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

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Stories of people we empower in Peru

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