Tatirano Social Enterprise
Clean water for everyone in Madagascar
Madagascar is home to 26 million people, most of whom live in extreme poverty - on less than $1.90 USD a day. They can walk miles each day, through treacherous terrain, to retrieve water from streams and ponds that may be safe to drink one day and contaminated the next. If they are lucky, there is a reliable clean water source—but it can be located very far from home.
The United Nations has recognized the fundamental need for clean water in Sustainable Development Goal 6 (to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030). Our mission aligns directly with this: to bring clean water to everyone, everywhere in Madagascar.
Madagascar: the facts
Population living on less than $1.90 per day75%
Population (2018 estimate)26,262,313
Population living without access to basic drinking water in the Anosy region of southeast Madagascar74%
Average monthly rainfall in the southeast132mm
We are a social enterprise called Tatirano, which in Malagasy means to “collect water.” A social enterprise exists first and foremost to bring about positive social change, like clean water to those that don't have it – and that's why we are here.
We aim to achieve a sustainable model whereby we can use the profits from private projects in tandem with donations to maximise our mission of clean water for everyone, everywhere in Madagascar.
To achieve this we have established a multi-pronged approach based on three programmes:
- Our first programme is what we live for – social impact. We install rainwater harvesting systems in schools, in health clinics, in communities, and we might make a loss financially but we think it's worth it – especially since this programme usually targets those in the most need. At each system we set up sustainable models for management and maintenance that mean systems can contribute to paying someone to look after the systems and distribute water.
- Our second programme provides clean water on the doorstep for the first time – an affordable solution for people to have their own rainwater harvesting system at their homes. Using specialist equipment we manufacture our own low-cost, durable bladder tanks and install these at each home with the required guttering and fittings. In this programme we aim to cover our costs, without providing subsidies.
- Our final programme is what we hope will cover our costs sustainably in the future – profit making systems. These are aimed at wealthier individuals and private institutions such as hotels and office buildings. We want to maximise the profit here to share it with our social programme.
We hope that by combining a traditional business model with social aims, we can be flexible, responsive and ultimately independent so that our organisation can always stand on its own two feet. This means that we will not only be able to install more and more systems to reach more people with clean water, but also that we can provide ongoing monitoring and support to ensure systems continue to work over time: clean water for everyone, everywhere, all of the time, in Madagascar.
Our simple rooftop collection systems send abundant rainfall to a tank with a tap. Instead of a potentially failure-prone filter, we use a ‘first flush’ mechanism to divert the first rain that runs off the dusty roof and gutters; self-cleansing to avoid contamination. We have found that our systems can provide water free from harmful bacteria and completely safe for consumption based on the World Health Organisation's guideline for drinking water quality. We continually make improvements to the design while keeping it simple and keeping costs as low as possible.
Harry's passion of the weird and wonderful wildlife of Madagascar originally attracted him to the red island in 2011. Ever since that brief four week stint in the forests of the southeast, Harry has been using his engineering background to improve access to clean water for the people of Madagascar a bucket at a time. He setup a rainwater harvesting project in the rural southeast of Madagascar with SEED Madagascar before founding Tatirano Social Enterprise to enable long term access to clean water for everyone, everywhere.
Fidelos went to school in Manambaro and at the Lutherien Ambohimazava College in Fort Dauphin where he studied masonry and carpentry. He then joined ONG PACT Madagascar in 2003 working on their tree nurseries and later as a deliverer for Telma. In 2011, Fidelos joined the construction team at ONG Azafady and later the construction team at SEED Madagascar, before joining Tatirano Social Enterprise in 2019.
In July 2018, Nancy Arnot Taussig was appointed Executive Director of the Promise of Childhood Campaign. This campaign, launched in honor of Save the Children's centennial, aims to raise $100 million in funds to drive the charity's ambitions for the next 100 years and help make the promise of childhood a reality.
She joined Save the Children in 1996 and has since held the positions of Global Director and Associate Vice President of Foundations and Trusts, and Vice President of Resource Development, leading a team of more than 200 with nearly $300M in private revenue.
Throughout her professional and personal life, Nancy has committed herself to improving the quality of life for people of all ages. She currently is a Board Member of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Backcountry Medical Guides. Nancy graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned top honors, and memberships into the Blue Key Honor Fraternity and Sigma Epsilon Phi. Residing in Larchmont, New York, Nancy is married with four children.
Ilan works as a principal teaching fellow in Environmental Engineering Design at University College London (UCL), where he did his PhD in rainwater harvesting techniques. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Enterprise Fellow as well as the Director for the MSc in Engineering and International Development.
He is founder and chairman of the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI-Mexico), an NGO specializing in the promotion of renewable energies and sustainable water practices throughout rural and urban areas in Mexico, and currently one of Engineers Without Borders' (EWB-UK) main partners in the region.
Through a number of start-up companies he has also been involved in consulting, design and implementation of appropriate technologies such as rainwater harvesting, biogas and solar systems. His publications include articles, short stories and children's books related to water conservation and environmentalism.
Originally from South Africa, Cody now based in London and is currently a senior manager at KPMG UK in Financial Services Consulting.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for SEED Madagascar, a UK based charity with operations in southeast Madagascar. He is thus able to draw on a varied background to provide support and advice to staff of Tatirano.
Outside of work Cody is an avid birdwatcher and hiker.
Hasina Randrianjafy was born and raised in Madagascar, in the small town of Ambositra about 250 km from the capital, Antananarivo. Hasina won the Madagascar Presidential Scholarship in 2004 to pursue her education at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where she earned her Bachelor in Environmental Science. Ambitious to contribute to Madagascar's development, Hasina returned to her country and started working at the Presidency of Madagascar, before joining a nickel and cobalt mining company called Ambatovy, an international joint venture established in eastern Madagascar.
Hasina's passion for water, sanitation and hygiene emerged when she joined WaterAid in 2014. She took a year out from her time with WaterAid to study for her MSc in Environmental Management from Kingston University London under the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. Six years after joining WaterAid, Hasina is currently Advocacy Officer at WaterAid in Madagascar, supporting local governments and civil society organisations to realise everyone's rights to WASH.
EPP AndramanakaPublic school, 10,000 litres | Completed | 2019
Andramanaka is a large village of 1,700 people set a five-hour dirt-road ride away from Fort Dauphin. A 10,000 litre ferrocement rainwater harvesting system will collect nearly 240,000 litres of clean water each year. The tank is completely closed to outside contamination and each new rainfall event cleans the roof and gutters itself with the help of our simple ‘first flush’ systems – ensuring high quality water. The 300 students at the school will only use a fraction of the water available by the system, and so a community pay-as-you-use water kiosk was installed to share the surplus.
Centre Médical de TaolagnaroPrivate clinic, 20,000 litres | Completed | 2019
This private hospital bases its philosophy on the story of Robin Hood – taking from the rich and sharing with the poor. We installed 20,000 litres of capacity across three rainwater harvesting systems with a total collecting potential of over 500,000 litres of clean water each year. With over 500 people passing through the centre each month, these water systems are providing a reliable clean water source to over 6000 people each year.
EPP AmbandrikaPublic school, 20,000 litres | Completed
In 2016, SEED Madagascar installed two 10,000 litre plastic water tanks and accompanying rainwater collection system at a village primary school in Ambandrika, Sainte Luce. With the main aim of ensuring the 150 school children aged between 4 and 15 have water to drink and wash their hands.
SEED went on to install a gravity-fed pipeline to a community kiosk on the perimeter of the school grounds with the intention of sharing the water with the community. As of 2020, SEED have handed over responsibility of the management and maintenance of the community kiosk and rainwater harvesting system in general to Tatirano Social Enterprise. New management structures put in place will see a female Tatirano Agent employed to manage, maintain and sell the water to the local community. The revenue gained will contribute to the Agent's salary and to maintenance costs.
EPP TanambaoPublic school, 10,000 litres | Under construction | 2020
Work is underway at this school in the busy heart of Fort Dauphin. The project will include two 5,000 litre tanks, a handwashing station and a community water point.
Private household systemsPrivate households, 500 litres | Under Development | 2020
Our revolutionary bladder tank systems are currently in the testing phase at the Tatirano office. We hope to begin installing these in early 2020.
With your help…
- $5000 — a 40,000 litre system for a community water kiosk to serve 200 of the most vulnerable families
- $2600 — a 20,000 litre system for a community water kiosk to serve 100 of the most vulnerable families
- $1000 — a 5,000 litre system to supply a school of 300 students with clean water for handwashing and drinking during the school day
- $500 — five 500 litre home systems for 5 of the most vulnerable families to have clean water at home
- $100 — one 500 litre home system for a vulnerable family to have clean water at home
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