How Poop Guy is bringing a Toilet Revolution to Urban Slums

Swapnil Chaturvedi

Swapnil, fondly known as poop guy, is the founder and ‘Chief Toilet Officer’ at Samagra. His organization is providing a sanitation and overall well-being solution to 150,000 people living in Pune’s slums

Imagine negotiating your life without any access to a toilet. That is the condition in which India’s 70 million slum dwellers live. For the women, this means a ‘no food, no water’ policy for the entire day, everyday. This causes chronic dehydration, multiple diseases and infections, and a serious impediment to long-term thinking. It’s a vicious cycle that Swapnil identified before the advent of the Swacch Bharat mission. He also recognized that simply constructing toilets will not change deep behavior patterns. How about making a public toilet into an aspirational brand?