The organization has been supporting the housing and sanitation for the past twenty years. IIRD has so far supported the construction of 222 houses. These houses were built on partial grants and the rest from interest free loans. While women generally work under the supervision of masons as unskilled labourers, IIRD trained 120 women masons to break this gender stereotype. These women have constructed several houses and toilets in the villages.

A large populace in the rural areas of our country still defecates in the open. IIRD along with Habitat For Humanity India (HfHI) Trust had been working together in villages of Aurangabad district to eliminate open defecation and to bring about improvement in health and hygiene. To a large extent, this programme has been successful. To make the village of Tondoli free of open defecation, the organization worked with the community to build 200 toilets in the same village along with storage tanks for water. The women masons trained by IIRD were involved in the construction of the toilets in the village. Dwarkabai of Tondoli village constructed 30 toilets by herself in the same village. Together with the construction of the toilets, the IIRD staff also conducted several workshops in the villages to raise awareness on good sanitation practices. So far, IIRD with the support of HfHI has built 975 toilets in the villages of Paithan Taluka and have conducted several behaviour change communication (BCC) events in the villages and schools. Needless to say that this has resulted in better health among the families benefitted through this programme. The sanitation programme has also benefited women in large by providing privacy and dignity to them.

Houses Built by Women Masons for Beneficiaries

Toilets built by Dwarkabai Shinde

Rural School Toilets constructed by IIRD in partnership with HfHI