Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu is an area where people have very little to no
access to private toilets, forcing them to resort to open defecation. As a
result, they face a higher risk of exposure to infection, snake-bites and
sexual assault, particularly in the case of women and children. Furthermore,
the situation is aggravated for residents with ailments such as Arthritis.
is an organization that has been working in this region to spread awareness and
provide financial support for rural families to build toilets at home. It is
India's first and only microfinance institution with an exclusive focus on
water and sanitation. Empowered by this drive, hundreds of mothers have come
forward, sought these sanitation loans, and built toilets for their families.
These women have been able to repay their loan from the savings on medical
bills that would have piled on if it was not for these safe sanitation
facilities. They now enjoy better health, productivity, and a good amount of
these measures, there are scores of underprivileged women, children, and
families in rural Tiruchirappalli for whom a simple act of relieving themselves
is fraught with the risks arising from open defecation. They are looking for a
similar chance to fix their own sanitation crisis and uplift their living
Milaap, through its partnership with Guardian, is going to
facilitate loans to these women and their families to help them gain access to
safe and hygienic sanitation and improve their general quality of life.
Local partner Milaap provides a loan to Guardian which must be repaid within 24