This is a story related to a poor family of five where the incidence of diseases has been reduced by ERDS, thereby improving the life and increasing productivity of its members.

MinotiMahali, whose family comprises five members, is a resident of Bamonpukur village (Post Office Parul) in Gajole block of Malda district, West Bengal, India. Her sons are 21 and 18 respectively while her husband’s name is SarkarMahali. Her family is very poor and the members had to suffer from gastric diseases, dysentery, diarrhea and rickets earlier as they had to relieve themselves and defecate in the open fields, by the side of lakes and in the embankments of canals nearby.
“We had to suffer a lot because of these diseases. This resulted in a lot of costs as well as extra time spent on recovery for us,” says Minoti. “We hardly found any organization that could help us out in this regard.”

On learning of their plight, ERDS intervened and bore the entire cost of building a twin-pit toilet (Indian style) at their house. “The incidence of diseases has decreased. We have been able to save on time and are now able to work and earn for a longer period of time,” says Minoti. “And for this I am extremely thankful to ERDS.”

Today, Minoti is a vocal supporter for ending open defecation.