Malikpura in Govindgarh Block of Jaipur District is a small village.
It has been working hard towards achieving the open defecation-free (ODF) status. But more toilets are yet to be built for the villagers.
As the success stories of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan across the country are pouring in, Maangi Devi of this village has set a remarkable example.
Malikpura village is a Gram Panchayat, and it is administrated by the Sarpanch. Like most other villages of Rajasthan, water shortage is a crucial problem for the villagers. As the village is densely populated, there is a less open area as well.
Maangi Devi, An Inspiration.
Much before the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, 60-year-old Maangi Devi dreamt of a proper place to defecate. However, being a single parent, it was hard for her to construct a proper toilet. A few cattle and her daily work at the nearby farm were the sole means of her livelihood. All these years, Maangi Devi feared for her four daughters who used to go out to defecate. She knew that open defecation came with issues of safety and privacy.
Small Means And Big Will
The moment she heard about the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin campaign, she was more than relieved. She attended the panchayat meetings and listened to talks about the need for a toilet. The district administration described how it takes less space to build an individual toilet and the overall health benefits the toilets could bring for the whole community.
A Step Ahead
As the Swachh Bharat Mission seemed to be an answer to all her prayers, she along with her neighbour, planned to build a toilet. Concerns of protection, dignity, and health bolstered her efforts to see this plan to fruition. Though her semi-constructed house needed renovation, she focused on building a toilet. With adequate space for bathing, she built a cemented toilet beside her house. She had limited finances, but the Sarpanch of the village supported her with sufficient funds in the form of a personal loan.
Maangi Devi is now a proud owner of a toilet with a bathing space. She doesn’t have to worry about her daughters and granddaughter anymore.
Through her efforts, Maangi Devi has set a goal that will inspire everyone. With 103 toilets yet to be built for families, Malikpura is just a few steps away from being ODF. Like Maangi Devi, several other residents are discussing the prospect of building a toilet and riding the Swachhta wave.