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Where We Work Indonesia

While the number of poor people living in Indonesia has declined in recent years, more than 100 million Indonesians continue to live in poverty.

Indonesia is made up of nearly 17,000 islands, scattered to the north of Australia’s coastline. But against a backdrop of natural beauty, poverty is an everyday reality in many of its villages.

While the number of poor people living in Indonesia has declined in recent years, more than 100 million Indonesians continue to live in poverty (World Bank). That’s almost five times the population of Australia!

Families living in rural areas are among the poorest. In the rural islands of eastern Indonesia, three out of five households don’t have adequate sanitation facilities while over a third of the population has no access to electricity. In the low season, wells go dry and families struggle to find enough to eat. This situation often forces rural families to migrate to crowded city settlements – as of this year, nearly half of Indonesia’s poorest are expected to be living in urban slums.

By offering a hand up, you can help families in Indonesia build their own businesses and begin their journey out of poverty.

Supporters like you are helping give a hand up to 456,390 families in Indonesia through:  

  • Small loans to help them start their own businesses and earn regular incomes
  • Training to help them run their businesses successfully
  • Savings to keep their earnings secure
  • Microinsurance to help families deal with unexpected challenges like the death of a loved one or illness
  • Rural outreach to empower families in the most isolated villages.

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