WORLD BANK APPROVES BILLION DOLLAR LOAN FOR INDIAN TOILETS

C8BCEB5E-7CEF-452E-8D13-9FA8B2FB6B12_w640_r1_s_cx15_cy14_cw76The World Bank has approved a $1.5 billion loan to support an Indian government program to improve sanitation by 2019.

The Clean India Mission “aims to end open defecation, achieve open defecation free communities, and improve the management of liquid and solid waste” by providing toilets to rural areas.

“In rural India, three out of five people suffer the indignity of defecating in the open,” the World Bank said in a statement Wednesday. “Girls and women have to venture out before dawn or after dark leaving them vulnerable to harassment.”

The project “will result in significant health benefits for the poor and vulnerable, especially those living in rural areas,” said Ohno Ruhl, World Bank country director for India.

The funds will also be used to support India’s Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

For the full article: VOA News

 

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