Women’s Empowerment: Rural Toilet Builder (WE: Sanitation)
WE: Sanitation leverages skill development to address the problem of sanitation in India. The initiative trains women in masonry skills to build toilets and, at the same time, teaches them about the importance of toilet use, hygiene, and sanitation. Such vocations are traditionally considered male occupations. The project aims to counter this historic stigma by empowering women, who are then able to complete the sanitation process from start to finish. The profession also brings an alternate source of income to the women’s families, as earnings via agriculture and as day labourers are not consistently reliable.