A Toilet Brings Opportunity

Chaudamma and her husband, Gangadhar, run a tea and snacks stall in their village. Chaudamma also makes earthen pots and mud idols of the Hindu Gods to sell in her shop. As the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesha is round the corner, she has just received a huge contract to make 200-300 idols of different sizes. She is happy to have received this opportunity and is confident that she can finish within the stipulated time.

She says, “I have more time now to focus on my work. There is a toilet in my house. We no longer have to go out in the open for defecation. Had I [received] this contract last year, I would not have been able to take this on as I used to spend an average of 3 hours daily for going out for defecation. In that time I can now make two idols.” The new toilet has not only helped Chaudamma save precious time, which she now uses to raise her family’s income, but it has also improved the health and hygiene of the family. They no longer have to bear mosquito bites. Their toilet is clean, easy to maintain, and most importantly, accessible.

Chaudamma built her toilet by taking a WaterCredit loan of Rs. 7000 ($102 US). She met the program staff of Water.org’s program partner Mythri, Sarva Seva Samithi, who explained the benefits of having sanitation facilities in the household. Chaudamma attended the health and sanitation trainings in her village, her loan amount was sanctioned and the construction was completed.

This success story was submitted by Water.org’s partner organization, Mythri, and was made possible by a generous grant from the Caterpillar 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