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Chaugaon is a small village in Taloda Taluka of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra situated at the foot hills of Satpuda mountain ranges. Most of the inhabitants belong to Bhil tribe and are categorized as BPL families. As agriculture is rainfed, most of the young people migrate out after Kharif season to the neighboring state of Gujarat for employment. There they work as farm labour for sugarcane cutting. Their earnings are very meager. On this background, LHWRF has initiated various development activities in the village since 2016.


Village Chaugaon is marching towards the goal of open defecation free (ODF) village. New innovative and sustainable sanitation model has been developed with the help of Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation (LHWRF), Nandurbar. Since last two years, Swachh Bharat Mission is underway. Under this mission latrines are being constructed in rural areas so that villages will be Open Defecation Free (ODF). Under this scheme, Panchyat Samitti, Taloda provides grant of Rs. 12000/- for constructing latrine to the individual beneficiary. Funds are released only when beneficiary completes construction of latrine. When Lupin Foundation started its work in Chaugaon, it was observed that only three families had constructed latrines. All the families had realized the importance of sanitation and they wanted to construct latrines under the scheme, but the main hurdle was of working capital for purchasing material. In December 2016, LHWRF staff visited Chaugaon and discussed the issue of latrines with villagers and asked them to find out a way.


LHWRF and village leaders discussed the matter. The sole reason was the lack of initial fund to start the work. Discussion produced a solution. It was decided to form Joint Liability Group (JLG) of five families and latrines would be constructed in participatory manner. These families would dig latrine pits as per plan specifications by doing ‘Shramdan’. LHWRF would provide loan of Rs. 10000/- in form of construction material and labour charges for mason. Beneficiary families would have freedom to choose the type and quality of the material. Excess costs would be borne by the beneficiary families. Latrine construction had to be completed by the trained masons. Beneficiaries would repay the loan in installments or when they receive the grant from Panchyat Samitti – whichever is earlier.

LHWRF trained local youth for constructing latrines. First group completed latrine construction in the month of January 2017. Seeing the results, another 15 families came forward. Joint Liability Groups were formed and each family was provided with loan of Rs. 10000/-. LHWRF model is unique as it not only constructed latrine but also constructed water tank with it. Provision for basin was also made outside the latrine. Total unit construction cost was Rs. 13000/-. Eight families have also constructed bathrooms. The total construction costs for this sanitary block (Latrine, bathroom, water storage tank and basin) was just Rs. 22000/-. Additional construction expenses were borne by the beneficiary families. People from other villages, Government officers and other NGO representatives have visited Chaugaon to see the unique LHWRF model of sanitation.

LHWRF has developed unique model of micro-finance and sanitary block. It has developed skilled manpower and generated employment for them. This participatory model has great potential for replication in areas where BPL families are in large number.

Beneficiary’s Testimoney

“We always wanted to build the latrine for family. It was very embarrassing for us to go outside for latrine. Panchyat Samitti is giving money for the construction but it is after completion. We didn’t have the money for construction. Thankfully LHWRF came to our help. We took a loan of Rs.10000 and did the pit digging by ourselves. Our local mason completed the construction as per our need. We are happy with the quality of the construction. We will repay the LHWRF loan as soon as we receive the subsidy from Panchyat Samitti.

Our family especially the women are very happy with this. Thank you very much LHWRF for helping us and our village. We are very grateful for it.”

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