Parul's family is healthy and safe

At the intersection of the water crisis and the sanitation crisis are often stories of severe illness. The consequences of using or drinking unsafe water can hardly be managed when a toilet is not present or it is overflowing with rainwater. This is why we give our everything, every day to increase access to improved and affordable safe water and sanitation solutions for families living in poverty, like Parul’s.

Prior to moving back to her hometown outside of Gazipur in Dhaka, Parul and her husband earned a living in Rajabari. Parul worked at a school and her husband had a shoe repair shop. Parul shared that, in their home, they had both running water and a toilet. When the couple lost their shoe repair business, they elected to move home, where Parul now cares for the couple’s children and her parents.

“Back then we had no problems but when we came here, we faced difficulties. At this home, we have a tube well but, during the dry months it is hard to get water.” Until recently, the home also lacked an improved toilet. These issues combined are why Parul believes they suffered so many health issues including almost losing their youngest daughter.

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Parul, her husband, and their three daughters smile from their property in Bangladesh.

Parul explained, “When she was about one and a half years old, she had diarrhea. I think, back then, since we faced a shortage of water, she may have eaten food without washing her hands…and that gave her diarrhea.” Her condition was difficult to overcome because Parul’s home lacked an improved toilet and water was hard to secure. This difficult time was followed by more health and safety challenges.

“If the children needed to use the toilet at night, then either me or their father would have to go with them and stand there because it was outside and dark. And, the situation was worse when it rained. No one could even go inside the bathroom because water poured in, flooding the ground.” Having no choice but to relieve themselves in the open along with continued concern for the health and safety of her daughters are why Parul and her husband chose a loan to solve their water and sanitation crisis.

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Parul and an associate of Water.org's lending partner, TMSS, discuss how life has changed for her family since financing their safe water and sanitation solutions.

Parul was familiar with financing as she and her husband financed their goats and lambs. With a loan from Water.org’s local partner in Bangladesh, the couple built an improved toilet and bathroom. Their loan amount was for about $350 and financing it has been affordable for the couple. Parul explained that, with the affordable loan and improved sanitation solution they no longer face so many problems.

Now her daughters can bathe, safely use the restroom, and they go to school on time. Parul is thankful for organizations like Water.org who paved a way for those who, like her, know the solutions they need but they just need a little help obtaining them.

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Parul's daughter is healthy and thriving with access to safe water at home.


We are thankful for your support and that of the IKEA Foundation who help make safe water and improved sanitation accessible and affordable for families like Parul's in Bangladesh, and for millions of people around the world. Your support is critical to bringing safe water and sanitation to all. A monthly gift of $25 will help empower a family every month with lasting access to the save water they need to survive and thrive. Set up your monthly donations, today.