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, three million lack access to safe water and five 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. Water.org sees this market as holding significant promise for the water and sanitation sector.

Our impact in Peru

Launched in 2013, Water.org’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. 

Water.org’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 loans for indoor bathrooms, water and sewerage connections, improved sanitary installations and tanks for water collection and storage, reaching even more people in Peru with access to improved water and sanitation by 2018.

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    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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    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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