Indonesia's water and sanitation crisis

With a population of 275 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and claims Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The capital, Jakarta, continues to expand as an international hub, however, rural communities and residents of informal settlements in urban areas struggle with infrastructure and poor health. For many families, water sources are distant, contaminated or expensive, and household sanitation is unaffordable.

About 192 million Indonesians lack access to safe water and 14 million lack access to a safe toilet. Fortunately, there is a growing urgency due to national targets for universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2024, and both the public and private sectors are recognizing that financing for household water and sanitation solutions is a growing need.

  • Stories of Impact

    Closer to home

    In the heart of Indonesia, where lush landscapes and a commitment to daily prayer abound, lies the inspiring story of Patahimawati – a woman who, like millions of women around the world, struggled with the daily challenges of inadequate access to safe water and sanitation at home. Her life took a transformative turn, however, when her family got affordable, lasting access to safe water at home.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Safe water in Sapdiah's rainforest home

    While Indonesia’s rainforests are some of our planet's most biologically rich landscapes, many of the families who call the region home are not so affluent. Surviving on less than $3 per day, families like Sapdiah’s lack access to critical resources needed to help them break the cycle of poverty—resources like safe water.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Safe water at home empowers this village leader, businesswoman, and mom

    Selamah’s confidence in selling produce is encouraging to her friends and neighbors because they know they can count on Selamah to help them earn money to feed and care for their families. However, in the past something Selamah did not share was her personal challenge with not having access to the water she needed to care for her family and run the vegetable business. Without access to safe water at home, Selamah struggled.

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Indonesia impact statistics

People reached 4.8 million

The number of people who now have access to safe water or sanitation and the health and opportunity they bring.

Capital mobilized (USD) $143 million

Our partners mobilize funds from capital markets to provide water and sanitation loans.

Loans disbursed 941,000

Our local partners make loans to people in need for life-changing safe water and sanitation solutions.

Number of active partners 21

We work with financial institutions, service providers, international agencies, and governments to make an impact.

Repayment rate 99%

Every repaid loan means another family in need can get affordable access to safe water at home.

Average loan size (USD) $152

Small loans can help make a big difference by providing long-term solutions for families in need around the world.

Percent of women borrowers 90%

Women are primarily responsible for household water collection and are solving the water crisis for their families.

Households living under $6.85/day 84%

We are committed to helping people living in poverty get access to safe water and sanitation solutions at home.

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