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.