The Woman Who Brought Drinking Water, Toilets To A Lost Panchayat

Five years ago, Melamarungoor, a panchayat in Sivagangai district, was starved of funds and official attention. Panchayat president Mazharkodi Dhanasekar built 650 toilets making the panchayat open defecation-free, brought water to villages that were dry and set up a reverse osmosis system worth Rs 300,000–all with funds that she had to lobby hard for.   … Continued

In A Sylvan Valley, One Woman Reveals, Changes Lives Obscured By Beauty

As panchayat president for Sittilinghi in Dharmapuri district, 39-year-old Tenmozhi built a Rs 30-crore bridge (in photograph), health centre, battled child marriage and now lobbies for a higher-secondary school that will allow girls an alternative to marrying early.   Sittilinghi, Dharmapuri district (Tamil Nadu): Nestled in a sylvan valley in northwestern Tamil Nadu and surrounded … Continued