Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti (MSS) is a non-government, social-service organization that started its work in 2003 and is committed to the empowerment of women in rural communities in Seloo Block, Wardha district, Maharashtra. Over the years MSS has supported several women’s self-help groups and helped in starting up various eco-friendly micro-enterprises run by women in their own villages. Recently MSS has started a program, inspired by the national campaign of ‘Clean India Mission’ -to eradicate the problems of open defecation in villages of Seloo block.
IDRF Partner Since: 2007
Focus Area(s): Health and Eco-friendly Development
Project Title: Water Storage Tanks for Individual Homes
Water is a scares commodity in several villages of Wardha district and every day the community gets water supply for only 30 to 45 minutes. Most of the poor households do not have individual tanks to store water and use small containers that hold insufficient amount of water for their needs. Often the water supply is interrupted or stopped due to electric supply failure. For families that are away from home for work have to remain without water till the next round of supply. Due to lack of water storage facility, most of the sanitation units are not appropriately used, cleaned and maintained and as a result- women, sick and elderly are unable to maintain personal hygiene. Washing clothes, utensils, feeding cattle, and dealing with small emergencies like fire, etc. is very difficult to carry out without a proper storage facility for water.
When villagers store water, they generally keep it in uncovered containers in open places and the water is exposed to dust, dirt, flies and stray animals. In order to have safe and clean drinking water, it is very necessary to construct individual water storage tanks. An average household requires about 400 to 600 liters of water every day. With financial grant from IDRF, MSS has started the construction of 250 water storage tanks of 1200 liters capacity in 10 villages of the district.
One of Magan Sangrahalaya’s women’s self-help group enterprise- “Green Bricks” fabricates good quality cement rings are being used for the construction of water storage tanks. Construction of water storage tanks provides employment to 15 local artisans including, cement ring fabricators, tractor drivers, mason, and plumbers, etc. This project will help solve the sanitation problem in the area and provide households with clean and safe water supply which will be a significant step towards better health and hygiene conditions of the villagers.
Please click on the link to learn more about the various eco-friendly programs run by Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti.
Eco-friendly “Green Bricks” fabricated by MSS’s women enterprise
for the construction of water tanks
Water Tank constructed with eco-friendly cement rings