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What does your toilet look like?

Is that a strange question? Maybe so, but it's also a pretty important one. Well, the important bit is less what your toilet looks like, and more: Do you have one at all?

Without a toilet, your life would likely be pretty different.

Before Shoba had a toilet, she had to seek out an empty field every time she needed to use the bathroom. Whether or not you're used to going outside for #2, one thing's for sure — that process took up a lot of time in Shoba's day.

Thankfully, Shoba was able to get her own toilet using a sanitation loan. She's gotten so many hours back. Now, "she and her husband Nagaraj have more time to work ... and to raise their kids, allowing their lives to flourish."

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?

See what Shoba and other mothers are up to with the extra time they've gotten back thanks to water and sanitation loans.

via Dov Forman / Twitter

In 1945, Lily Ebert, now 90, was liberated from a German munitions factory where she worked as slave labor after being transferred from the Auschwitz death camp.

A few weeks after being liberated, an American soldier shared some words of positivity with her, "The start to a new life. Good luck and happiness," he wrote on a German banknote.

The simple gesture was life-changing for Ebert and the banknote became one of her most treasured keepsakes.

"This soldier was the first human being who was kind to us," she told NBC News. "It was the first time after this terrible life that somebody was kind and I knew that somebody wants to help."

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