Indonesia's water and sanitation crisis

With a population of 273 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 in terms of poor health and infrastructure. For many households, water sources are distant, contaminated or expensive, and household sanitation is unaffordable.

About 18 million Indonesians lack safe water and 20 million lack access to improved sanitation facilities. 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.

In Indonesia and around the world, people are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are striving to endure this crisis with an added challenge. They lack access to life’s most critical resource – water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Indonesia.

3.9 M 3.9 million people reached
21 21 partners
786 K 786,000 loans disbursed by our partners
  • Stories of Impact

    How Janine gave her family safe water

    Janine is a hardworking woman who is determined to give her family what they need to survive. When her family needed an affordable way to get safe water at home, Janine made the connection to give them a long-term safe water connection. Read her story.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Mumina's family still has access to safe water

    When she’s not sewing to support her family's income, Mumina gardens a small vegetable bed, launders clothing, and cares for her children. This life—time to sew, water for clean laundry and fresh food, Mumina’s happiness—it is made possible by access to safe water. Something Mumina has known for a few years now, but at one time, she thought was impossible.

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    Mumina at home
  • Stories of Impact

    To making a house a home

    Mherindalee’s home is important to her. It’s where her family lives, works, plays, and rests. The water flowing from Mherindalee’s kitchen tap means now she has time - time to care for her home, time to play with her children, and time to make her family’s favorite dishes.

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    To making a house a home
  • Stories of Impact

    Sariati's water crisis is over

    For generations, women in Sariati’s family faced an impossible choice when it came to giving their families water - certain death without water, or possible death from consuming unsafe water. For these women in Indonesia and millions of others around the world, collecting water would take up to six hours each day.

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    Sariati

Indonesia impact statistics

People reached 3.9 million

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

Capital mobilized (USD) 116 million

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

Loans disbursed 786,000

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) $148

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

Percent of women borrowers 91%

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

Households living under $6.00/day 80%

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

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