Vulnerable women who do not have access to sanitation suffer in all aspects of their lives.
Fear for their personal safety, complicated health issues and lack of productivity as well as no access to financial literacy or capital leave them helpless and at risk on several fronts.
Women have to walk miles away from the home at night so that they can defecate and on these long journeys they face danger including attacks, snake and insect bites. Scared for their safety, many women choose not to eat, resulting in child bearing related illnesses and anemia. Accessing medication from far away hospitals is nearly impossible and prohibitively expensive.
Women are rarely allowed to leave their homes in many of the villages, rather they are expected to nurture in-laws and large families. Widows or those not married suffer further challenges.
A toilet can change a life.