105-year-old Kunwar Bai

105-year-old Kunwar Bai, who was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building toilet by selling off her goats, was honoured with the Sulabh Sanitation Award, which carried a Gold Medal, Cheque of Rs. 2 lakh and Memento. A team of Sulabh Volunteers reached the village Kotabharri village of Dhamtari and felicitated Kunwar Bai with the award in a function held there on 10 September, 2016.

The award recognizes her contribution to Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, a national campaign that Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on October 2, 2014, the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Kunwar Bai sold-off her 8-10 goats to build two toilets at her home in Kotabharri, a remote village in Dhamtari district of the Chhattisgarh, a central Indian state. Subsequently, she started showing other villagers the toilets at her home while informing them about its importance. The centenarian woman’s gesture inspired residents of neighboring villages to build toilets at home. Her efforts have played a prominent role in making around 75 percent villages in the district free of open defecation. Her initiative led to declaration of two development blocks, Chhuriya and Ambagarh Chowki in Rajnandgaon district, as open defecation free.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in February touched her feet during a rally in Rajnandgaon.