Improving water and sanitation in urban slums in Trichy

Project Summary

The benefits of rapid growth and development of cities do not reach all its citizens equitably.  Slum dwellers are invariably left out and do not have access to even basic infrastructure such as water supply and sanitation. Compounding this problem is the existence of slums and its occupants that the city does not recognize.  This project sought to provide WatSan facilities to people in a sustainable manner. This was accomplished by adopting the following strategies:

  • Advocacy with government to renovate community toilets and enable them to be managed by Self Help Groups.
  • Training Self Help Groups to manage pay and use community toilets.
  • Raising awareness on hygiene and safe water and sanitation practices.
  • Helping people get individual water connections and sanitation units and  linkage  to credit through GUARDIAN Microfinance.
  • Initiating community managed water and sanitation facilities in the newly approved Trichy slums.

The project was supported by Gramalaya’s strong women’s federation (WAVE) and Association for Water and Sanitation, Hygiene (AWASH) committees formed under this project.


  1. Awareness building workshops and training to community on importance of good sanitary facilities and hygiene practices.
  2. Around 150 AWASH Committees formed.
  3. Entire amount for hardware, over Rs. 200 lakhs, was leveraged from various sources such as SHGs, GUARDIAN MFI and beneficiaries themselves.
  4. Around 50 household rooftop rainwater harvesting structures constructed to give households access to safe drinking water.
  5. Over 430 water connections were provided to households, for which over 36 lakhs was leveraged.
  6. Over 90 household filters were installed to ensure water was free of contamination, for which over 2 lakhs was leveraged.
  7. Over 830 families were motivated to construct toilets, for which 99 lakhs was leveraged.
  8. Over 20 community toilets renovated/ constructed, for which 67 lakhs was leveraged.
*Grant amount & beneficiary figures are as per actuals for completed projects.