This is Muddumare. He lives with sixteen family members in one home located in a village outside of Mysore in Karnataka, India. “We have sixteen people in the house. Five years ago, we constructed our home by taking out a loan. We did not build a toilet. Nobody had a toilet in the village, and no one thought about having one in the house,” said Muddumare. “All of us used to go out in the open for defecation. But now as the population is increasing, there is no space left for defecation.”
Muddamare said his children are all becoming more educated and doing more “modern” work. He questioned how he and the family could go on defecating out in the open. Because to him it seemed ironic given the progress the world around him was making, yet his family did not have a toilet in the home. Muddamare made the decision to construct a toilet in his home to make life better for his family.
By taking out a WaterCredit loan of 7,000 INR (112USD) from Water.org’s program partner, ODP, Muddamare was able to construct a toilet. He has three acres of land where he grows groundnuts, jowar and raggi. The yield from his crops helps him earn money, which he uses to repay the loan amount in easy monthly installments. Having a toilet in this home means the family can continue to advance in their work without being hindered by the time consuming and physical constraints of open defecation.
This success story was made possible by a generous grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.