USAID IUWASH: Access to Piped Water Through Microfinance

USAID IUWASH project facilitated the water utility (PDAM) of Mojokerto District in East Java Province to develop a microfinance scheme to increase piped water connections for this low-income community. By January 2013, microfinance for water enables 750 households in Jiyu Village to get connected to piped-water system. The down payment costs IDR 300,000, while the monthly installment is IDR 85,000 (for 12 months). Their average monthly water bill is around IDR 20,000-25,000. This access to clean water also has important impact on adequate sanitation. Working closely with the Mojokerto District's Health Office, sanitarians and banks, IUWASH supports a microfinance program for healthy toilets.