Sunila, from Bihar state, India, was told about the dangerous health impacts of poor sanitation on her children, but it’s not easy for poor families to afford a toilet, and the building process can be slow and complicated.
A programme run by Unilever’s Domestos Toilet Academy, PSI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, connects people like Sunila to microfinance institutions so they can afford a clean and safe toilet.
It also simplifies the purchase of a toilet by coordinating concrete ring manufacturers to the providers of bricks, doors, pans and other items, to minimize the complexity of buying a toilet.
Standing outside her new, clean toilet, Sunila says, “I never thought having a toilet would be so useful. Now, my children will not have to go outside to relieve themselves.”
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