Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Bindeshwar Pathak's work was prepared when Bindeshwar Pathak was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Over a span of four decades Bindeshwar Pathak has advanced his vision for a safe, just, and dignified India through the introduction of dramatically improved sanitation. His project, Sulabh International, is improving India’s sanitation, weakening the caste system, and helping those in the “untouchable” caste move into safer, more dignified jobs. Bindeshwar’s systems are supported by municipal and user fees.
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