vijay laxmi’s tale is at the core of the bathroom revolution in hirmathla village of nuh district in mewat region of haryana.

It got here into the spotlight long before the release of swachh bharat challenge that promised to provide lavatories for all in rural india. Sulabh international selected haryana’s hirmathla village for its ‘lavatory for all’ programme some years in the past, proceeding to offer a rest room in each house.

Vijay laxmi, a marketing campaign volunteer, educates human beings in her village and neighbouring areas about the dangers of open defecation. As a sanitation employee and mom of 3, she has played an vital function in establishing hirmathla as an open defecation loose (odf) village.

open defecation has been a massive trouble in my village. Even though we’ve bathrooms inside the village, many families try to store water and make their kids defecate inside the drain, or out in the open.

As a volunteer, i try to save you that, even via supplying them buckets of water from my very own tank for flushing the latrine. We’ve visible a whole lot of struggling before we had such easy surroundings. We can’t have the funds for to come to be complacent and allow all of it come to naught,” says laxmi.

Married off best on the age of 14, vijay laxmi got here to hirmathla her in-legal guidelines did now not have a bathroom at their house. She changed into greatly surprised to recognize that not one of the 140 families inside the village had bathrooms.

i’m an everyday female. However i knew i had to put in this effort to create alternate, to bring in safe sanitation, and to inspire my network against open defecation, maintaining a strict vigil on the right use of bathrooms by families within the village or even in nearby areas,” she says with humility.

A sanitation worker and mom of three, vijay laxmi have become a volunteer and unfold recognition on cleanliness when sulabh global began its campaign in the village to build bathrooms for all.

Her infant steps have helped in making hirmathla and neighbouring villages open defecation loose (odf). In hirmathla all households were given lavatories by way of 2014 with the assist of sulabh international. This has appreciably modified the lives of the villagers, in particular of women.

one zero one stories of notion’, a coffee table e book, incorporates many such testimonies of alternate from the grassroots. The ebook changed into launched at venture paani world toilet day occasion on november 19 last yr.