Clean water for everyone in Madagascar


We are a social enterprise called Tatirano, which in Malagasy means to “collect water”. As a social enterprise, we seek to improve the lives of the Malagasy people through rainwater collection for the poorest families. Tatirano, the social enterprise, provides subsidized rainwater collection systems for urban and rural communities, schools, and households. This paradigm, where communities and families who can afford it and have some ‘skin in the game’ has proven to instill responsibility and ownership. This, coupled with engaging health and maintenance education classes, ensures that our systems continue to provide high quality drinking water at the home in the long term.

Our simple rainwater harvesting systems send abundant rainwater 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 gutter, self-cleansing to avoid contamination. Contrary to popular belief, water stored in dark and closed conditions actually sees a drop in bacteria count over time and we have proven this with highly performing water quality tests. We continually make improvements to the design while keeping it simple and keeping costs as low as possible.



You can email us directly at info@tatirano.org.

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