Got Toilets? Benefits of the Rural Sanitation Mart. New at HydrateLife!

Happy New Year to everyone, and I hope it's been a good one so far! I'm going to start out this year by talking about sanitation and a type of business that is helping people to gain access to improved sanitation and hygiene, the Rural Sanitation Mart (RSM). But first, let's talk about why RSMs are even needed.

Maybe some of you are sitting on your porcelain throne right now as you're reading this, but unfortunately 2.5 billion people worldwide don't have a toilet of their own. Never thought of reading on your toilet as a luxury, did you? Well it is. Besides being a luxury it keeps you healthy too (the toilet, not the reading). 700,000 children die every year from diseases that could have been prevented if they had access to a proper toilet, and soap to wash their hands. And it's not only children getting sick; adults get sick too. This leads to people having to stay home from work, which means there's no income, which makes their situation even harder. There are a number of other problems caused by the lack of access to proper sanitation and hygiene, but I'll stop here and move on to the topic at hand, rural sanitation marts.

There are several reasons why people don't have toilets in their home. Maybe they don't think they can afford it; or they see no reason to use a toilet; or they don't know where to get a toilet. Maybe they have a toilet but something broke and they don't know where to get spare parts, or have the skills to fix it. Whatever the problem may be there's a good chance that the good folks down at your local RSM will be able to help you out.

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