Total loan: $350


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Tiruchirappalli, TN, India / Housing

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A loan helped to access basic sanitation by building a toilet at home.

Aachikannu's story

The sanitation crisis in India is a result of poor infrastructure and lack of education. Aachikannu, who lives in a small village in Tiruchirapalli district in the state of Tamil Nadu, has understood the importance of having a toilet at home but does not have the means to build one.

For many years, she and her family have been making do without a toilet at home. Not only is the practice of open defecation unhygienic, it is also unsafe. Women and girls are compelled to seek out desolate areas, such as fields for privacy, which puts them at risk of molestation. There is also the threat of snakes and insect bites.

Seeking to improve their lot, Aachikannu has applied for a loan of INR 22,000 from Guardian, Milaap's field partner, to build the toilet at home. Your loan will contribute towards resolving the sanitation crisis in India, one household at a time. For Aachikannu and her family, this access to basic sanitation will bring them closer to enjoying a safe, healthy standard of living, which will also help them be more productive and save better in the longer run.