How poop guy is bringing a toilet revolution to urban slums

Swapnil Chaturvedi

Imagine negotiating your life without any access to a toilet. That is the condition in which India's 70 million slum dwellers live. For the women, this means a 'no food, no water' policy for the entire day, everyday. This causes chronic dehydration, multiple diseases and infections, and a serious impediment to long-term thinking. It's a vicious cycle that Swapnil identified before the advent of the Swacch Bharat mission. He also recognized that simply constructing toilets will not change deep behavior patterns. How about making a public toilet into an aspirational brand?

  • Sonam Dumbre, an SBI Youth Fellow, worked on this same problem in a very different setting for an entire year, and achieved remarkable success.
  • What Swapnil propagates is the idea of social entrepreneurship, which involves creating a sustainable business cycle to solve a social problem. Shyam and Swati Bedekar, a Vadodara couple, are bringing the same approach to a wholly different problem.
  • NDTV covers India's social entrepreneurs through its show, The Real Deal. Here are a few change-makers covered there.

Swapnil Chaturvedi

Swapnil, fondly known as poop guy, is the founder and 'Chief Toilet Officer' at Samagra. His organization is providing a sanitation and overall well-being solution to 150,000 people living in Pune's slums

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