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8 Ways To Save Water In The Bathroom

It’s important to save water in the bathroom and other areas in the home where we have taps and other water sources.

The loss of a few drops here and there may sound like nothing, but when you put these random drops being wasted all over the house together, you will realize that you misuse a lot of water.

What’s wrong with wasting water?

There are many reasons why wasting water is a shame. There’s the familiar line fed to us by our parents that we should remember people in famine-ridden places that have no access to water as we merrily waste it.

Also, there is the fact that many of us pay for our water and hence every drop wasted is money we lose from our pockets. Therefore, saving water is a matter of basic human decency of valuing what we have and also a way to save a few coins here and there from our household budgets.

It’s not so hard to save water in the home, so it’s a wonder that many people do not think it’s a priority. There are small things that are easy to do and will help you save water in the bathroom and other areas in the home.

Once you master these things and also get other people in the household such as your spouse and children to do the same, then wasting water will be a thing of the past in your house.

8 things you can do to save water in the home

  1. Fix leaking taps

You will not believe how much water you can lose from a leaking tap or faulty plumbing. I once had a leaking faucet and was collecting water using a bucket. In the span of one night, I found that the whole 10-litre bucket was full.

Can you imagine how much water I would have lost in a month if I didn’t get it fixed? You should do the same!

Repair any leaking water pipe or tap in your bathroom or any other place in the home because those tiny drops build up to gallons of water when you do nothing about it.

  1. Install water saving toilets and faucets

These days there are efficient toilets in the market that are built to help you conserve water in the bathroom. The same applies to water faucets and taps.

Dual flush toilets come with a double flash whereby one is for solids and the other to flush away liquids. Otherwise, we waste a lot of water when we use the same amount of water to flush away everything.

The same applies to faucets as there are hi-tech ones that only let water out when you place your hand underneath them and then stop when you move your hand. It keeps us from wasting water by just letting it run even when we don’t need it. It means you don’t have the tap running when you don’t need to use water.

For example, you usually wet your toothbrush and then brush your teeth. Many people have the water running even as they scrub their teeth when the tap should be off until it’s time to rinse out.

A hi-tech faucet helps you stop this kind of water wasting habit by regulating how the water flows so that the water is only running when necessary.

  1. Replace old bathroom fixtures with modern ones

You will notice that old toilets and taps and other water dispensing gadgets in the bathroom do not have water saving features. If your bathroom has old school toilets, faucets, and showerheads, then you must be wasting a lot of water.

First of all many of these taps are old and may leak here and there. Also, they do not conserve water as the modern ones as that kind of technology was not a priority in the past.

So, consider changing your old bathroom fixtures for the modern highly efficient taps, shower heads and toilets in the market so that you can save water in the bathroom.

They also come in a variety of beautiful styles and designs so you can be sure that your bathroom will get a worthwhile upgrade on top of becoming more efficient as concerns water use.

  1. Adjust your bathtub habits

Usually, when I fill the bathtub for a soak I always let the water run until its hot then I plug the tub. In my mind, I am allowing the cold water runoff so that I can get only hot water which I need.

Well, this is one of the biggest ways to waste water in the bathroom. All the water that flows out before you plug the tub is lost, which is a shame. Instead, you should plug the bathtub before opening the taps and adjust the water temperature as it fills up.

Also, you can catch the cold water first in a bucket and use it for another purpose such as scrubbing away the scum from the tub when you are finished bathing instead of letting it run down the drain.

You must also stop the habit of filling the tub to the brim when you want to have a soak. Instead just let it fill up halfway, and you will save water in the bathroom.

  1. Get water efficient shower heads

There are shower heads in the market that are great for conserving water. These shower heads are made to cut down on the amount of water you use when showering hence they are called water efficient shower heads.

Some even have sensors so that they only allow water to flow out when you are under the shower head. It means that you can step away from under the shower when soaping or scrubbing your body or hair and the water will stop running. In this way, you will save a lot of water in the bathroom.

  1. Reduce shower and bath time

You don’t need to have a bath every day of the week. Perhaps save it for the weekend only as a treat to save on your water consumption. Similarly, you don’t need to spend close to an hour under the shower unless you’ve been in a swamp or something worse.

The more time you spend under the shower with the water running the more water you waste for no reason. Just get in, have a quick scrub and get out and you will find that you spend a lot less water and your bills are sure to reduce significantly.

  1. Use rainwater

One of the biggest tragedies in any home is not saving rainwater. Rainwater is free and can be hooked up to the house to use for various chores. You can hook up your bathroom plumbing to your rainwater tank and other areas in the home to cut down on your water bills.

Just build a huge water tank and make sure that you collect as much rainwater during the rainy season as you can. It’s a great way to save water in the bathroom and rainwater is ideal for other chores around the home such as gardening as well.

  1. Teach your children to save water

If you have children in the house, then you know they can waste water. Even if you put in all water conserving gadgets in the home and do not teach them the value of water conservation, it’s a waste of time.

Many children love to play in the water and will often leave taps running, spend too much time in the shower and so on. So if you want to save water in the bathroom and other areas of the home make sure you teach your children the values of doing so and ensure they make a habit of it.

Once they learn it, then it will become a valuable habit that will help you save lots of water, and also it’s an excellent way of teaching them to value the resources they have around.

It’s a great thing to have clean running water in the home. However, it’s wrong to waste it, and it also brings about unnecessary expenses.

Conserving water in the house by saving water in the bathroom and other areas in the home is a decent thing to do and even a great way to cuts down on household expenses.

Use these tips to make your home a place where everyone appreciates and conserves water and you will benefit a lot from it.

3 Domestic Violence And Abuse Secrets You Never Knew

What is domestic violence? This term can mean many things. Physical abuse is a common occurrence in domestic violence and may consist of beating, slapping, raping, or attempted murder.

Emotional or psychological violence is also common and may be done in the form of isolation from family and friends, humiliation, threats, or financial control.

Domestic violence and abuse problems in marriage are more common than you think. Here are the shocking facts about domestic violence that you never knew.

  1. Domestic Violence Happens Slowly

There are many misconceptions about the cycle of abuse. Some may think that abusers are unlikable, outwardly violent, uncaring, or are addicts that can be easily identified as a threat.

The real truth is that such problems in marriage do not surface immediately. An abuser may be a charming, generous, loyal person with no addictions. It may even take years for abusive behaviour to begin.

Abusers can be very manipulative and can undermine their targets. This can make abuse seem non-existent or may happen so slowly that the victim does not even know it’s occurring. This can lead to suicidal and depressive behaviour for the victim.

Victims are often manipulated and even trained to stay in certain situations. They may control finances, social events, family connections, self-esteem, and even reproductive choices.

This is done by slowly tearing down the victim until they believe they cannot do any better than to stay with their abusive partner.

Abusers will victim-blame and make their spouse believe they deserve the violence they are suffering through. This puts the abuser in a position of power, which they will do nearly anything to keep.

  1. Women are the Primary Victims

Studies reveal 1 in 3 women will be the victims of domestic violence and abuse by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

Further research shows that 1 in 4 women will experience severe physical violence and that 1 in 7 will be stalked by someone they believe could kill them.

Research shows that 53% of women killed by men are murdered by a gun. This is chilling information when you consider the fact that in a household that experiences domestic violence, simply having a firearm in the house raises the risk of homicide by 500%.

Further research on violent problems in marriage reveals that 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime. Of these, 29% of victims will have been raped by an intimate partner.

A particularly chilling statistic reveals that every 9 seconds a woman in the US is beaten or assaulted and that in 60-80% of intimate partner homicides, the woman was physically abused before the murder.

While this section focuses on women as being the primary target of domestic violence, men are certainly not excluded from relationship violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 men have been the victims of physical violence at the hand of an intimate partner, 1 in 7 will suffer severe violence at the hand of a spouse, and 1 in 18 will be stalked by someone they believe could harm or kill them.

These horrifying statistics show just how prevalent domestic violence and abuse is in marriage.

  1. It’s Hard to Leave

Often one of the first questions onlookers may ask about domestic violence and abuse in marriage is why the abused spouse did not leave.

Unfortunately, there are often many barriers standing in the way of leaving abusive problems in marriage such as:

  • Fear for their lives

Studies suggest that violence caused by an intimate partner accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

Further studies show that 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner, with 94% of victims being female.

These alarming statistics reveal why victims of abuse fear for their lives if they were to leave their partner.

  • Financial Restrictions

There are many financial restrictions that may prevent a battered spouse from leaving their partner.

Financial abuse occurs when the abusive partner takes control of how the household money is spent. They may offer their spouse a monthly “allowance” or force them to quit their job in order to gain more control.

It is estimated that anywhere from 21-60% of victims will lose their jobs in connection to the abuse they have suffered, perhaps missing work because of physical violence or other such reasons.

Financial abuse may also involve withholding basics necessities such as medications or food or even stealing a partner’s identity in order to rack up debt.

  • Low Self-Esteem

An abuser commonly uses verbal abuse and degrading speech to tear down their spouse’s self-esteem. This can make them feel unworthy of being treated kindly.

They may also believe that they are the problem in the relationship and that their behaviour forces their violent spouse to react abusively.

  • Alienated from Friends and Family

Abusers often use alienation as a tactic for keeping their spouse under their control. They will slowly manipulate their partner’s into cutting off ties with friends, family, and even their own children in some cases.

This alienation can cause the victim of abuse to feel like they have no one who supports them and nowhere to stay if they were to leave.

  • Love or Children

Love is a powerful motivator.

It may seem like an impossibility to onlookers, but many victims of physical or verbal abuse do feel that their relationship with their abuser was (at some point) a loving one.

Memories of this happy time and the possibility of the relationship returning to a peaceful state can motivate victims to stay in a dangerous situation. Not wanting to break up a family can also be a strong motivating factor in staying in an abusive relationship.

  • Nowhere to Go

Statistics show that 38% of victims of domestic violence will fall homeless during their lifetime.

Further research done in a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that 44% of surveyed women identified domestic violence as their primary reason for falling homeless.

Are You a Victim of Abuse?

Are you suffering from domestic violence and abuse problems in the marriage? Here are the most common warning signs of an abusive relationship.

  1. You feel anxiety or fear in the presence of your spouse
  2. You feel like you are not allowed to have an opinion without it resulting in a fight
  3. Your spouse demands to know where you are at all times
  4. Your spouse snoops through your email, phone, texts, pictures, and financial statements
  5. You experience constant criticism
  6. There has been physical violence or rape in your relationship
  7. You fantasize about leaving your spouse
  8. You are accused of having an affair
  9. You are disassociated from your friends and family
  10. Partner makes you feel small or unworthy
  11. Spouse controls how you dress and your hair and makeup
  12. You are blamed for any abuse that occurs in the relationship

If you answered yes to any of the signs listed above, you may be in a violent and mentally demeaning relationship.

Domestic violence and abuse problems in marriage should never be tolerated. Seek marriage counselling and encourage your partner to get help.

If your partner is an abuser, confide in someone you trust about the conditions of your home life or call these Domestic Violence Hotlines and stop the threat of abuse today.

Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.

Jagrak Krishak: Empowering Women Farmers In Rajasthan

Jagrukta’ or awareness is a vital component for the initiation of change and/or development.

Under the Jagruk Krishak (enlightened farmer) initiative started by the S.M. Sehgal Foundation in Umrain block, Alwar, Rajasthan, women are involved in training sessions, which build awareness around sustainable agricultural practices.

The sessions help build knowledge on soil quality analysis, balanced soil nutrition, drip irrigation, mulching, bedding techniques, and others, besides answering questions such as:

  • What should be added to the soil beside Urea and DAP?
  • Why are Zinc and Boron important for the quality of the soil?
  • How can drip irrigation save water and cost?
  • What are the various government schemes and subsidies available? And so on.

Suman is twenty-six years old, resides in the village of Sahori, and is a farmer by occupation for almost a decade. She excitedly talks about the changes the initiative has brought about in her life: “Post the soil-testing, we were provided with the required type and quantity of fertilizer, based on the type of soil of our field, and the crop; the subsequent increase in the yield of onion helped us reap good profits, which were used to enhance the general quality of life of my family.”

Suman hopes for the initiative to continue so that more women benefit from the same. From her side, she spreads the word where she can, so that village women are encouraged to come forward, and benefit from ‘Jagruk Krishak’.

Saroj has been practising agriculture for about eight years now. She hails from the same village as Suman. She commends the introduction to solar spray pumps for spraying medicines and fertilizers, rather than the conventional way, which was painful for the hands and shoulders.

“It all started with one meeting held by the foundation; during this session, women were encouraged to form groups, buy a solar spray pump collectively, and also use the same as a group, as per a timetable, allowing time for everyone to conveniently use the same. Now, we do not need to depend on the men of the house to help us, as the solar spray pump is easy to recharge, environment-friendly, and friendly to use too. Such initiatives also encourage ‘women farmers’ to come together, share inputs and feedbacks.”

Savitri, from Jatiyana village, could not agree more with Saroj. She says that spraying medicines prior to the introduction of the solar spray pump was a tedious process, most of the times resulting in blisters on the hands and pain in the shoulders due to which she was unable to perform household chores properly. Besides this, not worrying about the availability of electricity, as the tank is solar energy operated, is a big relief, she adds.

“Sehgal Foundation visited our village Jaityana some three years back. We were told about the use of soil-testing, the important of the use of the right type and quantity of fertilizers, as per the quality of the soil, and the correct way of applying the same to our fields. On the ‘demo’ portion of the field, I recorded a thirty per cent increase in yield, with which I was very happy. I have been farming for almost twenty years now, and this is the first time I recorded this kind of a yield. It helped boost my confidence manifold, as I realized that I was capable of generating more profits from my land,” says Bhagawati, with a sense of pride in her voice.

Missar, aged fifty-five years old, who resides in village Thekda, commends the initiative not only because it has helped reap a profit of about twenty-thousand rupees by just the application of the right kind of fertilizer and seeds, but also because it has helped her prove her mettle as a farmer. This has placed her in a position where she can advise other women, and enjoy the goodwill generated from the benefits reaped by her ‘peers’.

“The foundation encouraged us to experiment on 0.5 bighas of land with fertilizers suggested post a soil-testing; this section served as a demo plot in comparison to the 0.5 bighas of our land, where we continued to farm as per our traditional methods. The ‘demo’ plot gave us a profit of approximately eighteen thousand rupees,” says twenty-eight-year-old Lalita from the village of Ulheri, who eagerly propagates the word about the initiative.

Rakhi, who hails from the same village as Lalita, is happy with ‘Jagruk Krishak’ too as it has helped her provide a better education for her kids; she adds that the since the benefit is there for all to see and gauge, other women should avail of this too, in order to enhance their lives, and the lives of their families.

Sanjay Kumar, project coordinator, Sehgal Foundation, agrees as he can easily compare the before and after scenario. He highlights two major changes: the self-confidence that women have gained through the initiative, and their role in decision-making processes, which has seen a paradigm shift.

“Before women hardly spoke with us, also because there was not much to share; now, it is very different, as most women have become aware and confident about what they know, and how to apply it,” adds Kumar.

Savita Gupta, Field Assistant Sehgal Foundation, talks of the times when the women of the village would not be willing to try something new, and every decision would be the decision of the head of the family, usually the father-in-law or husband.

Now, with the knowledge which these ladies have, decisions are informed, and hence, more productive, which is how their self-esteem is enhanced, she adds.

According to a United Nations Human Development Report, only 32.8% of Indian women formally participate in the labour force required in agriculture, a rate that has remained steady since the 2009 statistics.

By comparison, men constitute 81.1% (UNHDR-2011). An estimated 52-75% of Indian women engaged in agriculture are illiterate, an education barrier that prevents women from participating in more skilled labour sectors and decision making processes.

It is vital to bring about a much overdue change to these numbers, for which awareness is an important requirement. Hence, it is not only important to encourage women in rural areas to change mind-sets, but also empower them with the ‘tools’ to facilitate and lead change.

5 Awesome Methods For Young Entrepreneurs To Finance Business Ideas

As a young entrepreneur, you probably have some great business ideas that you want to see come to life. However, the problem with business ideas is that they aren’t necessarily always understood, so many of them never see the light of day.

A random stranger not understanding your idea is hardly something that matters to you, but if the person you are talking to is the one that you are hoping is going to help you finance your project, then it is everything in the world.

It’s normal for someone who is new to the world of entrepreneurship to come across issues with funding their ideas, because they’ve probably started without a solid background, and it might even be their first attempt at running a business ever.

It may seem quite hard to get everything running at that point, but there are solutions that can get you on the right track. It’s important that you’re smart and careful with loans, and know where to find the right investors.

Search the Web

First of all, you need to have in mind that we are living in a digital age, and you can find almost anything by browsing the web. This, of course, includes investments. What’s great about the investment world online is that it’s similarly simple to shopping from your own chair.

As opposed to traditional lenders, you will find that the criteria are much less restrictive for you to be eligible. Basically, online funding comes with a lot of benefits, and you need to wait much less.

Still, don’t forget about checking all the costs that come along with the long, as well as interest rates, because you don’t want to make a mistake and end up being unable to repay.

Consider Crowdfunding

Speaking of online funding, crowdfunding is very popular nowadays. Just look at how successful this 22-year-old businessman is when it comes to it. It basically consists of an entrepreneur drawing together a community that is going to fund their project or idea.

The idea at the core of this method is called crowdsourcing, and it is basically outsourcing duties which would usually a contractor or an employee do, to the aforementioned community, by openly calling them out for help.

Every crowdfunding site has its own rules, but the way it generally goes is that you pitch your idea, determine the fundraising goal, and then set up a deadline for all of it to happen.

Once you have done this, your potential patrons will look at your pitch and see if they would like to support it. If they do, they are rewarded for their help. Kickstarter is one of the best-known crowdfunding websites.

Go The Traditional Way

If you don’t feel like taking the online route, you can always decide and go the traditional way. This road is full of taking the already-proven steps and doing everything according to the rules.

When you look at businesses today, a great number still does things “the old way” and finances via a bank or a traditional lender. This doesn’t make it either a better or a worse option – it is you who determines what works best for you in the end.

What is essential though is that you be aware that if you are going to get funding from business loans and credit cards, you need a first-rate business plan.

While it may sound obvious that an amazing business plan is necessary for it to be funded, another reason why this is important is because when you fill out a loan application, you need to input every little detail of the business that you have in plan, and especially how it’s going to grow in the days that are to come.

Therefore, if you want to go the “proven way”, you must do a proper examination of marketing strategies that you are going to use when the time comes.

Engage With People

It’s logical that every entrepreneur’s goal is going to be to sell as much as they can. But it’s essential for every business, especially a new one, to gain relevance, and take part in a great number of discussions, which quite often don’t have to necessarily be about your business.

Social media is there for you to engage with the people that fit the demographic that you are targeting, without you being there just like someone who is there to make a sale. You should repost articles, leave comments, and generally show your support for the community.

This way you’ll get the word out about your business, and be able to find better opportunities to finance your ideas. Remember – when you share someone else’s content, it doesn’t have to mean that you are drawing attention away from yourself, but quite the opposite.

Making sure that your branding is always around, people will remember that it was you who shared the valuable content that they’ve been looking for.

Take A Loan

Taking a loan is the last on this list because it is often seen as the last resort. This is something you certainly don’t want to do this without proper research beforehand.

However, according to a home loan specialist, it can provide you with the proper funding and get you right on track if you do it right. Of course, hiring a professional adviser is highly recommended in this case. Free advice on the internet might end up leaving you bankrupt.

This is a serious step to take, and you should know that investor loan policies are tightening. You want to be aware of all the options that you have, in terms of services, loan rates, and other things, so that you end up with the best loan rate which fits your current situation.

You should also be aware that applying for a PAN card will make it much easier for you to get a loan. Furthermore, you should learn about loan schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

So, as you can now see, there is a wide variety of solutions when it comes to finding finances for your business ideas. It is generally up to you as an entrepreneur to determine which solution is the best for your kind of business.

Consider what kind of products or services you are attempting to sell, and which the best approach to present them to your audience is.

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How Community Homestays Are Empowering Women In Nepal

The mist rolled over the hills around Panauti village as we sat in the first-floor balcony of our hostess, Sabita’s home. We watched it cover the terraced fields around the house and felt the chill of the wind on our bare arms.

My fellow-traveller Katrin, a travel agent from Germany, our tour guide, Sushila, and I were enjoying a cup of tea with Sabita, chatting with her about her life and her family. Her 18-year old daughter, Monika, joined us, speaking with us in fluent English.

We were staying with Sabita for the night, courtesy of, a community-based Homestay network that “connects global-travellers with the real people of Nepal for a genuine local travel experience.”

I was in Nepal as a hosted delegate attending the Himalayan Travel Mart 2018. Before the conference, we were taken on a trip to Panauti village, about 1.5 hours from Kathmandu, for the Homestay experience.

An initiative from Royal Mountain Travel, Community Homestay allows tourists to get an authentic feel of village life in Nepal. Here, the host family welcomes you as a guest and a friend, sharing their home and way of life with you.

My interest in Community Homestay’s initiatives in Nepal stemmed from their efforts to encourage women’s empowerment and help preserve and value their traditional skills.

Most of the owners of the Homestays are women and housewives, so this platform helps the women and local communities of Nepal generate sustainable economic opportunities as part of a responsible tourism initiative.

As a guest in a Homestay in Panauti, you can learn to cook like a local from the host family, explore the community life with them, learn native skills, such as rice planting, and see their perspective on life. You can also volunteer to teach in one of the schools or assist with the rebuilding of classrooms damaged in the devastating earthquake of 2015.

When my fellow-travellers and I first arrived in Panauti by mini-bus, we were welcomed by a group of women in bright red saris who garlanded us and applied the traditional tikka to greet us.

One of the young girls gave a speech in perfect English, introducing us to the community Homestay initiative and explained how it helps village women create financial independence for themselves and their families. She told us there were currently 17 families in Panauti involved in the Homestays, with more joining soon.

20 percent of the earnings from the Homestays in Panauti village is channelled back into the community, for instance, by supporting a child’s education. So the Homestays not only uplift the women but the community as a whole, too.

The women are taught English through classes in the village, hold cooking classes for their guests and get to earn money doing exactly what they have been doing all their lives – taking care of others. Most of them are uneducated and many were married off at an early age, so they have few skills to support themselves.

Sabita’s Story

Our hostess, Sabita, is a 37-year old mother of two. She was married off at the age of 14 years and had her first child at 16. She has not studied beyond the 3rd standard.

Her husband is a retired army officer who works as a security guard in Saudi Arabia, sends money home, and comes home a few times a year. Their elder daughter has migrated to Australia and the younger daughter, Monika, with whom she lives, is learning English in the hope of moving there, too.

With almost no education and no marketable skills, Sabita would be hard-pressed to find a job. However, for the last 5 years, she has been hosting guests in her beautiful Homestay at the top of a small hill.

In the last year, she has earned an income of 1.5 lakh rupees from Homestays alone. She also has a regular renter, a tourist who has been staying with her for a year.

A stay at her house usually costs $25 a night, including all meals. Sabita is an exceptional cook. We enjoyed our meals with her and chipped in to help her make aloo parathas for dinner.

One of my favourite dishes was a sort of chutney she made out of dried vegetables and spices. It was so delicious, I told her she should bottle it and sell it. She replied that Nepalis don’t like to eat processed or bottled foods, preferring to make them fresh for every meal.

All Homestays are expected to maintain certain standards as far as hygiene and comfort are concerned. Sabita’s house was very comfortable indeed. We had piping hot water for bathing from a solar water heater, cosy quilts to tuck ourselves in during the night and a beautiful view of the fields and hills.

For Indian tourists who want to experience authentic Nepali village life, living in a Homestay in Nepal would be just like coming home. The food is very much like Indian food (almost the same, actually), the language is not difficult to understand, and the hosts are warm, friendly and hospitable.

For a responsible and authentic travel experience in Nepal, you can’t beat a Community Homestay. You will learn how people in Nepal actually live and help them generate economic opportunities from their very own houses and their unique culture.

You will also get to give back to people still rebuilding their nation from the devastation of the 2015 earthquake. You can choose from Homestays all over Nepal by browsing the website here.

© Priya Florence Shah is Publisher and Editor of She also publishes a travel blog.