Long distances to privacy, ownership

Chandra and her family are very happy now with their new toilet. Before the WaterCredit loan, the entire family practiced open defecation in empty places or fields. Chandra and her daughter found it difficult; they had to walk long distances in the early morning to have privacy.

Mrs. Chandra is an agricultural worker and her husband is a mason. They have two sons and one daughter. Her eldest son studied up to class 10 but could not continue so began working as a mason with his father. Their daughter is studying in class 12, and their youngest son is studying in class 9.

Although they have their own house, they did not have a toilet. The entire family practiced open defecation in empty places or fields. Chandra and her daughter found it difficult; they had to walk long distances in the early morning to have privacy. As the vacant lands nearby began converting into housing plots, they could hardly find place to take care of business. Chandra shared the difficulties with her husband but because they are poor, they could not construct a toilet on their own.

One day a health educator from SCOPE, Water.org’s local partner, came to speak with Mrs. Chandra and others in her community about diseases caused by open defecation and options available for obtaining a household toilet, including WaterCredit. Chandra and her husband applied for a small WaterCredit loan for a toilet and it was accepted. They quickly purchased the materials and began to construct a septic tank toilet. SCOPE’s health educator and coordinator visited Chandra frequently and guided her and her family through the construction.

They are very happy now with their new toilet. The ordeal of walking long distances for defecation is over for Mrs. Chandra and her family. They are thankful to Water.org and SCOPE for the technical guidance and loan, and for visiting them frequently during the process.

This project made possible by the PepsiCo Foundation.

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
India