34-year-old Rinku Kumari from Bihar shunned an easygoing life to work towards the betterment of her state and its residents. For the past one year, she swings into action every morning around 4 am in a bid to catch hold of people who are defecating in the open then educate them about its ill-effects and in her own way contribute towards Bihar’s swachh dream. Not just that, Rinku also goes door-to-door to sensitise people about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and why constructing a toilet at home is a necessity. Till date, Rinku has touched thousands of lives and has helped construct more than 2,000 toilets in two panchayats of Bihar. Sharing her journey as a swachhagrahi with NDTV, Rinku said,
A toilet is a must and a basic necessity for everyone, especially for women. Yet, this is not available to many in our country. As a social worker, I used to go to different people’s houses. The one thing I saw and never appreciated was how people were accustomed to defecate in the open. Apart from this, I saw how people were regularly falling sick because of infections like diarrhoea, the one infection that can simply be avoided if a person starts using a toilet at home. I wanted to help them out, but didn’t know from where to start.