Anoop Jain

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Anoop Jain

2013 Global Fellow
Founder of Sanitation and Health Rights in India

Anoop Jain 2013 Global Fellow

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Eliminate outdoor defecation in rural Bihar, India by building toilet blocks, training local sanitation workers, and leveraging methane waste as affordable household electricity through rechargeable battery rental.

Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI) believes that all men, women, and children deserve to live a life dignified by access to improved sanitation. SHRI builds community blocks of toilets that are easily accessible to the 650 million Indians who currently live without a toilet. This work is sustained by harnessing methane gas found in human waste to generate eletricity that charges portable batteries, which power LEDs and other small electronics. These batteries are rented out to the 400 million Indians who live without electricity, creating a sustainable and environmental business model that can be scaled throughout India.


Anoop Jain is the founder and director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI). SHRI was founded in 2011 to alleviate India's sanitation crisis. As an organization, SHRI believes that all humans deserve to live a life dignified by improved access to toilets. Anoop graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. After working as an engineer for a year, he quit his job after raising $30,000 to build a community soup kitchen for Tibetan Refugees in northern India. It was then, in the summer of 2010, that Anoop realized the importance of improved public health as a means of empowerment. He continued working in rural India before ending up in the state of Bihar, where SHRI was born. To acquire the requisite skills to work in the public health field, Anoop pursued an MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and graduated from there in May 2013.

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