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Ama's Story from WAG

Ama is a Natural Leader from Viehaa Community. She lives alone with her four children and was the first person to construct a latrine after triggering. The team was impressed and probed for her motivation; she said, "I have always seen open defecation as a challenge but never knew how to tackle it. When the team from ProNet came and triggered our community, I felt the need to construct a latrine knowing that my shit and that of my household will not be eaten by animals, pollute our streams and vegetables which eventually is consumed by our very selves."

According to her, people hardly listen any time she talks; they disregarded her because she ever suffered serious mental illness before. She is one person in the community who goes to sweep the market square and most people link it to insanity but she strongly believes it's all geared towards total sanitation and added that "if we all sweep our houses and ignore the public places that cannot achieve our aim." She also said, "I am happy that the disgust of seeing my own feces is now a thing of the past because I no longer shit indiscriminately behind my house; however I hope my community members would also be motivated to construct their household latrines so that we can together end open defecation and live healthy lives."


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