TUSHY Founder Miki Agrawal on Samagra

My father came to America from India with $5 in his pocket. He won a competition to pay for a flight to America and got a full scholarship to study his Masters in Ottawa, Canada. He met my Japanese mother in grad school, 7 months later, they were married and one year later had three children (my twin sister, myself and our older sister who is eleven months older than us). When we were 11 years old, my parents took out a $30,000 loan to take us on a trip to India and Japan to visit their home countries. When I visited India, it was the first time I ever experienced poverty in that way. I will never forget seeing a little boy begging for food and asking my parents where his parents were and they told me that he was likely all alone. I have since never taken my life for granted.

When I learned that my father's home country, India, was the open defecation capital of the world, I wanted to make that the giveback mission of my newest company Tushy. I learned of Samagra and connected with their passionate team who set out to help their fellow humans defecate with dignity. Samagra builds clean latrine systems all over India and I am so proud to say that thanks to you, our amazing customers, Tushy has helped over 30,000 families gain access to clean latrines.

Building a business like Tushy is challenging because we have to retrain people on how to properly clean themselves with a bidet and why it's important from a health and hygiene standpoint, a sustainability standpoint and a cultural standpoint - and one of the big things that keep me going is knowing that, together, we are also supporting the creation of clean sanitation for people who need it the most.

For every Tushy sold, you are helping a family gain access to clean latrines. Thank you from the bottom of our bottoms.

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