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Some Facts & Figures from BISWA's operation area
98%SHG's members are with enhance Socio-Economic status
80%of the families having sustainable livelihood
100%enrolled in school
68,610 families having individual household latrine with water tab
53%members ensured social security through micro insurance
68%women being housewife to entrepreneur
77,913 families ensured safe drinking water
- Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 01:09
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egular drinking water supply is a distant dream for 128 million Indians: 128 million Indians have no access to regular drinking water supply. Nearly 57 per cent of households in rural India and 20 per cent of their urban counterparts are compelled to travel up to 5 Km every day to fetch drinking water. Our mission to build 2 million toilets and 3 million taps by 2015 is well on its way, we have already built over 3 lakh toilets up to March 2011.
BISWA has been identified as the Key Resource Centre for the State Water and Sanitation Mission in Western Odisha. BISWA carries out regular interventions in setting up Individual Household Latrines (IHL), and promotes roof-top and ground water harvesting systems. The organisation is the key implementer of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in Odisha. Through its unique micro-finance linked asset-building programme for sanitation poor households unable to invest upfront on construction of a toilet, can take up sanitation loans and repay the amount in small instalments.
In a unique intervention in the slum areas of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, BISWA mobilized the community to apply their right to access safe water and sanitation services. The efforts facilitated the laying of pipelines for drinking water supply and encouraged the community to take micro loans for the basic infrastructure. Due to this intervention the residents of Gyan Nagar slum are benefitted by getting a regular supply of safe drinking water. The government on the other hand has been saved of the consequences of water pilferage and resultant losses. The residents pay for the losses. The model is being replicated in other regions of Odisha at present. The impact of the programme has already created a positive change. Till date, in Odisha alone, BISWA has constructed about 303,387 individual household latrines. It has also set up more than 350 school toilets allowing greater number of girl students imbibe formal education. But there's a lot more to do.