A loan of $375 helped to pay for the construction of a toilet.

Jyostna's story

Surveys say poverty in rural India results in continuous illness of people. 40% of their income is spent on treatment of their health issues every year. In India, including Odisha, it is found that diseases like diarrhea, cholera, worm infection, constipation and piles are outcomes of outside defecation (ODF). The data say only 7% of rural areas are covered by toilet facilities in Odisha and it is only 22% throughout India.

Kutragada is a small rural village in the Rayagada District of Odisha, India. Jyotsna, age about 34, is a permanent resident of this village. Her family is a very poor family in the "Below Poverty Line" category. She lives with her five-member family, composed of her husband; a son, age 6; father-in-law and mother-in-law. Jyotsna runs a small business stitching and selling leaf plates with the support of Mahashakti. Her husband runs a cycle repair center in front of the house. From the above two businesses, her family earns a monthly income of 6,000 Indian rupees (INR) per month. Due to low income, in spite of her concerns, Jyotsna was unable to construct a toilet for her family. So, by investing the present loan of 20,000 INR, Jyotsna is planning to construct a toilet for her house to get rid of outside defecation which results in health hazards. She wants to provide a safe and secure life as regards sanitation.

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