Sharing the experience
Nur Akter, 44, candidly shared the difficulties she had in her community before she was the beneficiary of a Habitat project.
At the closing ceremony of the Korean aid funded project in January, Nur Akter spoke in front of over 100 of her fellow community members, saying her relationship with neighbours was poor because her family's toilet was unhygienic and had a pungent smell. The toilet was an open pit, closed in by flimsy plastic sheets so it offered little privacy. With a husband, one son and a daughter at home, it was a health hazard for her family as well as the community. With just a small income from farm laboring, the family could not afford to upgrade the latrine on their own.
With a new latrine installed beside the house by the Habitat project, not only has it improved sanitation and the smell, it's also improved the asthetic of the house and relationships with neighbours.
Nur Akter says that after the new latrine was installed, her status in the community improved and now others who need a toilet come to see hers as an example of best practice.