WGF’s Livelihood & Sustainability Council’s (LSC) mission is to enhance rural economy through co-creating and advancing rural enterprises, using technology innovations and scientific processes, sharing best practices and developing techniques to foster trade and employment for rural populations.


About Swachangini

Diksha Foundation, in collaboration with the Patna Municipal Corporation & United Nations Population Fund, supports Dalit empowerment through Swachhangini, a cooperative for women sanitation workers. With 51 members, the cooperative seeks mentoring and support for sustainable empowerment. The objectives: Eradication of manual scavenging; Dismantling of gender stereotypes; Empowering Women from the Sanitation Worker Community.

Problem Statement


Deep-rooted discrimination & limited opportunities for Dalit women resulting in high maternal mortality, low bank account/property ownership, and short life expectancy.

Solution & Uniqueness


Swachangini, a women-led cooperative for Dalit sanitation workers.

♦ Mechanized cleaning solutions operated by the women themselves.

♦ Collaborates with Patna Municipal Corporation & United Nations Population Fund.

♦ Combats manual scavenging and challenges gender norms through an innovative approach

♦ Promotes efficiency and equality in sanitation work.

♦ Merges technological advancements with social impact.

Scale of Opportunity

Uplifts the Dalit community and empowers women, breaking societal barriers across India.

♦ 15,802 manholes cleared, showcasing tangible progress.

WGF leaders providing oversight:

Ratan Agarwal

Call To Action

▸SPREAD the word about the organization’s activities among your contacts

▸INVEST and contribute towards the organization’s mission

▸SHARE your knowledge or expertise on any of the following: Sanitation, Livelihood, Life skills.

▸VOLUNTEER with any of the organization’s activities

▸WRITE about the organization’s work to share with the external audience

To contribute to Swachangini’s activities, click to visit the website.

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