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Bhavanpur Village is one of the watershed villages with 100 households, where every household is member of a Self Help Group. Like other villages, the sanitation condition of the village was pathetic two years back and the local people resorted to open defecation on the village roads.

After a series of meetings, all the households were motivated to construct one toilet and one bathroom in each house. Each of the 100 households of Bhavanpur Village collected 1000 rupees and deposited a total sum of one Lakh rupees in the State Bank of India, so that each household gets a loan of 10,0000 rupees to construct a bathroom-toilet set from, SBI, Girad Branch. Under a new scheme initiated by NABARD, SBI offers a soft loan for construction of sanitation units to SHGs at 11% interest to be paid back in 5 to 7 years. Field workers and masons of Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti were trained by Gram Vikas, Orissa in construction of sanitation units and prefabricated cement doors. Fifty households got bank loans and MSS built sanitation units for them.

For the first time, without any financial help from the Govt. or any other agency, rural people built neat and hygienic toilets with their own resources. Bhawanpur is no more the same. In fact, it is a model village which has proved that ‘when there is a will, there is a way’.

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