How ‘Suvidha’ is making Mumbai’s Slums more habitable

Indian women cutting a red collar on the first day of the sanitation community centre Poster of a kid showing his clean hands

Clean toilets, affordable drinking water and laundry services are not commonly associated with a slum in Mumbai; however, an initiative by Hindustan Unilever is making this possible.

HUL has built first-of-its-kind urban water, hygiene and sanitation community centre - Suvidha. The first centre was established in 2016 in Ghatkopar’s Azad Nagar slum and the second one was launched in Mumbai’s Malvani area in Malad.

On November 19, on World Toilet Day, a similar centre has been launched in Ambewadi in Andheri East area in partnership with HSBC India.

Residents of the community now have access to clean drinking water, hygienic toilets and modern laundry facilities. All these services are available at a nominal cost to ensure that more and more people avail them.

When it comes to water usage, the centre has been designed with careful consideration of the environmental impact of water use. The design is based on a circular economy approach and uses innovative technology to recycle water from handwashing facilities & laundry to provide water for flushing toilets.

The Suvidha Centers reinforce HUL’s commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals mapped by the United Nations.

The centres are built in close consultation with the local community, which is why it is so effective in addressing their problems. It has also helped generate livelihoods by involving the members of the community in the running, cleaning and managing of the day to day functioning of the centre.

Suvidha is an excellent initiative towards making slums clean, hygienic and habitable.

The best part is that it’s not only an affordable solution but also one that can be easily replicated. Clean living conditions are closely linked to economic prosperity, and that’s where the real success of such an initiative lies.

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