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 15,116 people with clean water every week. 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 6,703,035 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.
What we do…
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!
Schools rainwater harvesting systems
We partner with the Ministry of Education at all levels to make sure that there is clean water available throughout the school site for handwashing and drinking. These systems often include a gravity-fed connection to a community kiosk which is managed by one of our Tatirano Agents. We install rainwater systems at a range of small and large, urban and rural schools. Here you can see a 10,000 litre Tatirano Calabash ferrocement tank that provides clean water to nearly 500 students at Ambinanikely Primary School in Fort-Dauphin.
Marketplace rainwater harvesting systems
As well as the Ministry of Education, we work closely with the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and the local municipalities to increase access to clean water in markets and other community places. These systems often collect rainfall from an enormous roof area and provide for a larger demand than that at most school sites. In this photo you can see a 20,000 litre Tatirano Calabash ferrocement water tank in the Farafangana marketplace that is managed by one of our longest serving Tatirano Agents, Madame Sylviane.
Passive Desalination Research
Desalination is notoriously energy consuming and as such usually comes with a large price tag and complexity that is difficult to maintain over time. We are working with some of the best universities around the world and in Madagascar to build a low-cost, durable and efficient passive desalination unit made from locally bought materials. The aim is to target not only coastal areas in the arid, drought-stricken south of Madagascar (Androy) but there is also a huge amount of groundwater inland which is brackish.
Water trucking network in Androy
We believe in combining business and clean water to achieve sustainability. There is a huge willingness to pay for water in the south of Madagascar yet this expensive water is often dirty and far away. This pilot project aims to install 20,000 litre Tatirano Calabash ferrocement water tanks in rural communities and deliver water via a water truck. The water arrives, is filtered by gravity in the community kiosk and sold at between 50% and 85% cheaper than the existing alternative, contaminated sources. The revenue will contribute to the water truck fuel and pumping requirements, as well as all other overheads to create a long-term business model that will continue to function and grow over time.
Ongoing and upcoming projects
- Finishing installing rainwater harvesting systems at all public schools in Fort-Dauphin
- Repairing rainwater harvesting systems at schools and hospitals in the region of Atsimo Atsinanana
- Installing a new water treatment centre in Fort-Dauphin and planning a new site for Vangaindrano
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- Global Handwashing Day 2020 | Handwashing in the time of Covid-19 and beyond: the demand is there, the means are not End Water Poverty, October 2020
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