It is a basic necessity that 450 million Indians have not had all access to all their life – a toilet. That staggering figure residing in India is half the world’s population with no access to a toilet. But the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan hopes to change all that by making India Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2019. But for some like Kajal Roy, the government’s initiative is not just about open defecation, it is about empowering people, especially women, to change their lives.
Kajal Roy is a sarpanch from Sana village in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district. Kajal was a beneficiary of the Swachh Bharat campaign and had a toilet built in her house in 2016. That one step changed her life’s priorities. Read more