Widowed at an early age, Shashi Baa from Saredi Badi village in Banswara district of Rajasthan had no children of her own. As far back as she could remember the 75-year-old who lives alone, always went out to perform her ablutions each morning. When the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G) campaign was launched in her village, she attended all the awareness building and triggering sessions. She was convinced about the need to have a toilet at home. Therefore, with support from the district administration, she had a toilet built in her backyard.
“The facility has given my dignity back to me. I need not go outside to answer nature’s call any longer,” she said, explaining how difficult it was to walk a certain distance each morning to relieve herself. She had felt a sense of shame, having to do so, even at her age.
“The government has been very kind to provide such benefits for senior citizens and the welfare to the society,” she added in her local dialect.