The Mahila Housing Trust’s (MHT) Parivartan program works with municipal corporations to convert slums into residential societies by facilitating the creation of household and slum level water and sanitation infrastructure in ten cities across five states. MHT works to achieve this through community mobilization: organizing women in slum communities to form community based organizations (CBOs) and training them to interface with urban local bodies (ULB) and demand better services for themselves, including improved water and sanitation infrastructure.
MHT educates communities on existing government schemes, and provides financing options to CBOs to enable them to enter cost sharing agreements with an ULB for infrastructure building through the ‘500 NOC’, ‘Nirmal Gujarat Abhiyan’, and Integrated Slum and Housing Development Programme (ISHDP). In this way, MHT facilitates the provision of a bundle of seven services to slum households at affordable costs, including an individual toilet, sewer connection, water connection, solid waste management facilities, storm water drainages, paved roads, and streetlights. Additionally, MHT also works with the government to influence urban planning and policies to ensure that slum communities are upgraded to become an integral part of the city, and to un-link water and sanitation infrastructure from land tenure, so that even residents of non-notified slums can apply for government support under approved schemes without having to justify land ownership as they often have to under the current systems.
Gujarat Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT)
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Partners: Municipal governments in program areas are directly involved in the implementation of the program.