Tatirano Social Enterprise
Clean water for everyone in Madagascar
We are a social enterprise called Tatirano† aiming to empower women and lift people out of poverty by ensuring long term access to clean water for everyone, everywhere in Madagascar.
We believe in a local service model that puts women at the centre of the problem that mostly affects them – the water crisis. We stand with the UN from 2010 in declaring access to water and sanitation a fundamental human right – yet a lot of people still lack these basic elements of life.
By adopting a variety of rainwater harvesting techniques, we ensure clean water is available in schools, in hospitals, at homes and in communities.
We currently provide 14,765 people with clean water every day. How do we know? We keep a track each week of everyone that is using our systems and exactly how much is water is used.
So far, our systems have dispensed a total of 3,734,696 litres of clean, safe water.
We hope that by combining a business model with social aims, we can be flexible, responsive, ambitious and ultimately independent so that our organisation can always stand on its own two feet. This means we can install more systems, reach more people with clean water and help people lift themselves out of poverty: less time spent collecting water, less school and work days missed due to illness and more time spent on LIVING!
†Tatirano means “to collect water” in Malagasy.
1. Monitoring and Repair
Ongoing weekly monitoring, evaluation and repair of systems ensure proper functionality over time. We share all of our data online at STATIRANO for all to see. We hire local women to manage water systems and sell water at community kiosks. We are training a female construction team to manage all repairs and monitoring and this programme will be paid for by programme #2.
2. Treated water sales
Via our water treatment centre and with accreditation with the national laboratory, we sell treated rainwater via filtration and UV to generate profit. 100% of the profits made in this programme will pay for programme #1 to ensure a sustainable model for ongoing functionality of all water systems. Eventually #1 and #2 will financially balance and be led and operated entirely by women.
3. New water infrastructure
This is a key element to reaching more people and increasing access to clean water across southern Madagascar. Our experienced construction team install simple yet precise rainwater harvesting systems at schools, hospitals and in communities, often with hybrid school-kiosk systems where the surplus water is sold to the community. This programme is paid for by donor funds.
4. Special projects
We are niching ourselves as the local social entity to use for all things water across southern Madagascar. We welcome world class universities from all over to partner with us in local passive desalination research; economic analyses of household willingness to pay for rainwater harvesting; water trucking community kiosks in arid areas and more. This programme is paid for by project-cycle donor funding.
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 is now based wherever he can get into the mountains quickly for a day’s hike and some birdwatching. When he isn’t exploring nature, Cody is doing some freelance financial service consultancy following his former position as Senior Manager doing the same at KPMG UK in London.
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.
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.
All of our projects are ongoing since we ensure that a system continues to function well over time. Every week our team makes a monitoring visit either in person or via phone to all of our social projects at schools, hospitals and community kiosks. The results of these monitoring visits are updated on STATIRANO each month for all to see!
EPP Befalafa, Fort-DauphinPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 26,000 Litres | Installed 2021
Partnering with the Melzer Madagaskar Projekt in Germany, Tatirano tackled this enormous school with over 2000 students and a close-nit, densely populated community nearby. Two 10,000 litre tanks were installed and connected to recently built school buildings. The project also hugely benefited the school by entirely replacing one of the ancient school roofs and repairing a 6,000 litre tank. An extensive network of underground piping supplies over 11 taps, with 5 available at the toilets. Our brilliant Tatirano Agent, Romaine, couldn't read and write properly before taking on the challenge and with some help from other Tatirano Agents, she no manages the systems and sells water to the local community. Check out Statirano for more photos of one of our favourite projects so far!
EPP Tsagnoriha, MahatalakyPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2021
Partnering with SEED Madagascar again, Tatirano installed this 10,000 litre school-kiosk hybrid system at the newly built primary school in the rural village of Tsagnoriha. Continuing their training about rainwater harvesting installations and repairs, Haingo (left) and Delicia (right) were part of the team to complete this beautiful system providing clean water for over 300 people on a monthly basis.
CEG MahatalakyPublic Middle School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2021
Only 35 km (yet 2 hours by car) north of Fort Dauphin lies the town and commune centre of Mahatalaky. Despite a reliable small scale decentralised municipal supply of water in town, schools on the outskirts do not have clean water reliably on site. Teaming up with SEED Madagascar again, we installed a classic 10,000 litre tank and rainwater harvesting for the school's usage to improve hand hygiene during the school day and keep students healthy whilst at school. Madame Francine is the Tatirano Agent responsible for selling the water at the kiosk and managing the system.
EPP Ambinanikely, Fort DauphinPublic primary school, 10,000 litres + repair of 6,000 litres | Installed 2021
A product of a returned Peace Corps Volunteer's determination and belief in our mission, this repair of roofing and existing tanks combined with the installation of a new 10,000 litre tank provides clean water at multiple tap outlets all over the school site. This system is to be used solely by over 500 students and since it is in Fort-Dauphin, it is close by for our monitoring and repair team to keep an eye without a Tatirano Agent.
Ultra high efficiency desalination research
We are working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) D-Lab and Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique d'Antananarivo (ESPA) to prototype and test some incredibly promising* passive desalination tech. Conventional desalination tech (using electricity of some form) is incredibly energy intensive and thus usually very expensive. However passive desalination (just using the thermal energy of the sun directly) is, until now, incredibly inefficient. We are building on some recent research on multi-stages in the device which increases the efficiency enormously. The ultimate aim is to create something local, useful and affordable for communities across the south of Madagascar.
*we say promising – none of our prototypes work…. YET! Watch this space!
EPP Farafara Vatambe, MahatalakyPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2021
Buried in the Mahatalaky countryside, in a bowl of mountains, a new primary school was built by SEED Madagascar. Continuing our great partnership with SEED, we have installed another clean water source with a connecting kiosk for the community to use. Madame Florette is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly monitoring calls with our team, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
EPP Centre II, Fort DauphinPublic Primary School, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2021
Teaming up with returned Peace Corps volunteers through the NPCA, we have ensured that this primary school in the heart of Fort Dauphin has water to flush toilets that previously could not be flushed and clean water for handwashing. Whilst there is no community kiosk here, Tatirano Agent Madame Leontine has taken over the management of the system since it is not far from EPP Centre I.
Fort Dauphin MarketplaceMain Marketplace in Fort Dauphin, 20,000 Litres | Installed 2021
In collaboration with the British Embassy in Madagascar and the Urban Commune of Fort Dauphin, we installed a huge rainwater harvesting system with two kiosks and Tatirano Agents in the main marketplace of Fort Dauphin. Increasing access to clean water in busy, densely populated areas is critical to improving hygiene to fight a multitude of water borne diseases, let alone COVID-19. Madame Donine and Madame Clementine are the Tatirano Agents responsible for weekly inspection visits with our team, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosks.
EPP Centre I, Fort DauphinPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2021
The detrimental health effects of COVID-19 have had a devastating impact across the globe and in Madagascar the closing of the country and the barriers to aid and tourism have played just as important a role in hurting development. We teamed up with a group of Luxembourg female doctors to install a clean water source at this primary school to ensure handwashing during the school day. Madame Leontine is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly inspection visits with our team, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
COVID-19 Handwashing: Tsihombe, Fort Dauphin, Farafangana61 handwashing stations | Over 2.2 million pairs of hands washed 2020 – 2021
Following the WHO declaration of a global pandemic in early 2020, we teamed up with local officials and an amazing crowdfunding page to insert handwashing stations into the main busy areas of Fort Dauphin – marketplaces. Later in 2020, GIZ PrAda joined in and took it to the next level: over 5 months we employed 210 permanent staff, installed 61 handwashing stations across three towns in three different regions and recorded over 2.2 million handwashes with water and soap.
La Plage de Monseigneur, Fort DauphinCommunity Kiosk and Local Fishers, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2020
Working with GIZ PrAda, we installed a water source to supply fishers using the beach to improve hygiene. In the absence of another water source within a km radius, this has become an important community water point. Madame Minisoa is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly inspection visits with our team, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
Farafangana MarketplaceMain Marketplace in Farafangana, 40,000 Litres | Installed 2020
Farafangana's central market is concentrated into one place yet before our project the thousands of market users had to share one small water point. Under the same project with GIZ PrAda and teaming up with the efficient Urban Commune of Farafangana, we installed two further water points that collect nearly 2 million litres of clean water each year. Madame Larissa and Madame Sylviane are the Tatirano Agents responsible for weekly monitoring calls with our team in Fort Dauphin, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
Lycée Pole, Fort DauphinPublic Secondary School, 20,000 Litres | Installed 2020
With the generous help of a determined Peace Corps volunteer (expatriated back to the US due to COVID-19), we installed a large rainwater harvesting system at Fort Dauphin's largest public school. The system not only provides multiple water points throughout the school site to improve hygiene during the school day for 1,300 students, but also saves the school money on their water bills.
EPP Mananara II, MahatalakyPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2020
Mananara II is a village hidden amongst the mountains, deep river beds and wide paddy fields in the Mahatalaky Commune. Teaming up with SEED Madagascar again, we installed a system on the new primary school. Madame Mary is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly monitoring calls with our team in Fort Dauphin, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
Saint Vincent De Paul, TsihombeChurch, Community Social Centre, Catholic School, 1,619m2 | Installed 2020
Tsihombe sits in the heart of the aridlands of the Androy region in the dead centre of South Madagascar. The region is famous for desert landscapes and peculiar cacti octopus plants due to a distinct and long dry season, unlike the regular rainfall of the east coast. Working alongside the inspirational Sisters of the Catholic Church, we ensured that existing tanks were repaired and gutters were connected so to make the most of the rainfall when it does arrive for four months of the year. Whilst there is no community kiosk, Soeur Emma plays the role of Tatirano Agent to manage and report on the system each week.
EPP Tanambao, Fort DauphinPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2020
Tanambao is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Taolagnaro. The primary school has 1,400 students from 3 years to 17 years old. In the absence of a reliable water source on site, students weren't washing hands during the school day. We teamed up with Stop Hunger to install two 5,000 litre rainwater tanks and a community kiosk. Madame Rojo is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly inspection visits with our team, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
EPP Ambandrika, Sainte Luce, MahatalakyPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 20,000 Litres | Managed from 2020
This system was installed in 2016 by SEED Madagascar to prove the concept of rainwater harvesting in southeast Madagascar. Originally under the management of an unreliable and non-financially sustainable water committee, we took control of the management and repair of the system in early 2020. Madame Harena is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly monitoring calls with our team in Fort Dauphin, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
Private Household Bladder Tanks500 Litre and 1000 Litre Flexible Bladder Tanks
We design and manufacture bespoke low-cost “hanging&rquo; bladder tanks that can give families the option of off-grid water supply in Fort Dauphin. This programme is dormant but has huge potential to provide affordable off-grid water solutions to a growing population in high rainfall Madagascar.
EPP Andramanaka, MahatalakyPublic Primary School and Community Kiosk, 10,000 Litres | Installed 2019
Andramanaka is a large village of 1,700 people set a five-hour dirt-road ride away from Fort Dauphin. Teaming up with SEED Madagascar again, we installed our first 10,000 litre ferrocement calabash tank and accompanying community kiosk model. Madame Rostoline is the Tatirano Agent responsible for weekly monitoring calls with our team in Fort Dauphin, managing the system and selling surplus water at the community kiosk.
Centre Médical, Fort DauphinMedical Centre, 20,000 Litres | Installed 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 varying reliability of municipal supply, this rainwater harvesting system doubles as water storage to ensure that the 500 patients a month have a clean and hygienic medical centre to use.
Filtration Kiosks in Tsihombe Town Centre
Partnering with the Catholic Church in Tsihombe again and supported by funding from Catholic Relief Services, we will install a business model based on six 2,000 litre filter kiosks and a water truck in the arid Tsihombe town.
Remaining schools in Fort-Dauphin
We are working hard with the District and Regional Level Education Ministries to ensure that every school in Fort-Dauphin has reliable and convenient access to clean water over time.
Water Trucking Network in Rural Tsihombe District
Six 20,000 litre tanks strategically situated throughout rural Tsihombe district will provide clean water to thousands of people in the drought stricken region of Androy. Water sales at kiosks, whilst cheaper than alternative water deliveries, will still maintain a durable business model.
Large marketplaces along the East Coast of Atsimo Atsinanana
Following the success of the marketplace systems in Farafangana and Fort-Dauphin, we are aiming to tackle the region with the worst access to clean water in the whole of Madagascar: Atsimo Atsinanana. We intend to begin installing large rainwater harvesting systems in 10 large markets.
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