Sheohar microloans agriculture
Beneficiaries500,000
2014 — 20184 years
StatusOngoing
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF SHEOHAR?
Lauren AlcornProject Manager, India

The district of Sheohar is located in the state of Bihar, where both surface and groundwater resources are relatively abundant. However, erratic rainfall, siltation, water logging and riverbank erosion are among the issues that affect water quality and availability—especially for agricultural purposes. Besides, Bihar has the lowest Human Development Index and nominal GDP per capita of all 28 Indian states and 7 union territories. The situation is especially dramatic in Sheohar, where 70% of the population lives below the poverty line, there’s a literacy rate of barely 45%, and 90% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods. Current safe water coverage is estimated at only 57%, while household latrine coverage reaches 15% to 20%, forcing the vast majority of the population to practice open defecation, contributing to the degradation of water resources.

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

In collaboration with our implementation partner, our goal is to provide access to safe drinking water to 100% of the population, and provide sanitation facilities to 60% or more of the population. With local arts-based groups, we support the development of a multidisciplinary touring show, street theater, school-based workshops and short films, which will reach 202 villages—creating awareness and mobilizing the population towards positive change. We also embrace our implementation partner’s “Sanitation as a Business” approach through the implementation of a Microfinance Program, with the aim of enabling the creation of a strong supply chain for sanitation infrastructure in the intervention zone.

HOW DID THIS PROJECT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
Surabhi Kumari14-year-old student at Parsauni Baij Middle School

When I started school this year, there was no proper private place to go to the bathroom. Now my friends and I are very happy and excited to have this new facility. I am in the school’s WATSAN committee and me and my friends guide other students on the proper usage and maintenance of the toilet facility. I am very pleased and happy to have the new toilet at my school because it gives me space for privacy.

250,000
people

were provided access to safe drinking water through the construction and rehabilitation of water points

3,000
farmers

were granted access to affordable irrigation technologies and training services

500,000
people

participated in awareness raising and mobilization activities on WASH issues—multidisciplinary shows, street theater, etc.

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Activities were developed in schools to raise awareness about water and sanitation.
Activities were developed in schools to raise awareness about water and sanitation.
Latrines reduce water contamination due to open defecation.
Latrines reduce water contamination due to open defecation.
Microloans allow local populations to increase agricultural production.
Microloans allow local populations to increase agricultural production.
Microloans are granted to increase agricultural production.
Microloans are granted to increase agricultural production.
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KEY PARTNERS FOR THE PROJECT

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCES
RBC Blue Water ProjectTM, UTC

PROJECT COLLABORATORS
Water for People, local governments, local partners

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