626 million people in India don’t have closed toilets and practice open defecation.
Financial INclusion Improves Sanitation and Health programme was conceptualised with an objective of enabling the emergence of a rural society whose health is improved not only through better sanitation facilities but also by an improved knowledge and awareness of the concept of "Total Sanitation".
FINISH which stands for Financial INclusion Improves Sanitation and Health has been conceived by an Indo-Dutch consortium comprising NGOs, academic institutions, financial institutions, insurance companies and banks from the two countries and is being supported and implemented since 2009. The Dutch organisations are represented by SNS-REAAL, United Nation University and WASTE while Indian counterparts are L&T General Insurance Ltd (a health insurance company) , Grameen Koota (Micro Finance Institute), RDO Trust (NGO) and FINISH Society. The Project Management Board which guides and formulates implementation policies has representation from all consortium members both Indian and foreign.
The project area is spread over 10 states of India. More than 60 partners that include Micro Finance Institutions, NGOs and Cooperatives are implementing the project. The project aims to provide access to safe sanitation facilities to low income communities in rural India through combination of financial inclusion measures, health insurance incentives and generating grassroots level awareness for demand creation.