Happiness in Selvi’s House

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Selvi is 37 years old and lives in Karattai Village in Vannur block, in Tamil Nadu. She and her husband work as agricultural laborers and have two daughters in school.

In her village, she is also a member of the Saraswathi Self-Help group where she has a savings account, which provides a small loan back to her for household expenses. Selvi says, “I never miss my group meeting. I attended many training programs conducted by Hand in Hand.” She further adds, “I came to know that there is a WatSan loan product for the construction of individual water connections. I enrolled myself for the loan.”

Selvi is happy that she could learn about health and hygiene and understand the importance of safe drinking water, water borne diseases, the importance of toilet construction and the need to have water and toilet connection in her own house.

Water.org’s partner, Hand in Hand, gave a water loan to Selvi to help her install a water connection for her household. Selvi recalls the days when she had to get up early in the morning and go to the street for water collection. She says, “Sometimes due to a heavy rush, I was not able to get water on time and my daughters were not able to get to school.” Now, after getting the individual water connection, Selvi is able to save time. She says, “This is a great help for poor villagers like us.”

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day