Thanks for the note! It's been terrific to see the growth and development of Pasand as well!
When we first opened our pilot community sanitation facility, we noticed many people were using the toilets immediately. However many people, who lived a little bit far away (5 minute walk) were not. We asked them why. They said that in order for them to get to our facility they have to walk down a path that is surrounded by trees and has no lights. They were afraid to walk to our facility early in the morning and late at night. So we used the generator at our site to and put up bamboo polls with lights on top of them, and created our own network of street light. We had over 150 new toilet users the next day.
That is one example of how we are trying to address behavior change. We believe that everyone wants to use a toilet. But we recognize that there are factors that deter people from using toilets (fear, embarrassment, distance, etc). Our organization focuses on deconstructing those barriers so that people's desire to use a toilet overcomes the deterrent. In other words, we do not assume that we need to "convince" people to use a toilet. Rather, we want to find ways to help people actuate their desire to use a toilet.
Would love to chat more about this as it is the most important aspect of the struggle to eliminate open defecation in India! Thanks for reaching out, and best of luck!
Thanks so much for your note! I'd love to learn more about what your vision for collaboration is! We are always looking for partners who can help us encourage local community members to get involved with improving WASH outcomes in their communities. One issue is that smart phone penetration is very low, and internet connectivity is very weak. Are there ways in which we could still use a hashtag campaign?
Do let me know what you think! Thanks for the post!
The idea is that the water sales will eventually pay off the operating and maintenance costs. We are well on our way to achieving that goal and we hope to reach that point by the end of this year.
In regards to selling the electricity - we unfortunately do not produce enough to sell. It would be great if we did because the areas where we work also lack consistent electricity. But we are able to generate enough to power the lights at our facility, which means that our facilities are well lit and safe even in the evenings.