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 7,643 with clean water each month. 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.
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.
We are a social enterprise with the main objective of becoming financially self-sufficient by balancing our three programmes:
This programme is what we live for, our purpose, our being, our passion. It's what we justify to ourselves after 7 hours clinging to the back of a motorbike on sandy roads.
Water for the most people. We install large rainwater harvesting systems at schools, hospitals and clinics in rural and urban areas. Currently we're focussing on the south of Madagascar but once we've gained enough traction and spread the good word of rain, we aim to target the rest of the country where clean water isn't a reality for people.
Unlike the stereotypical aid model, we continue to provide technical support and monitoring on a weekly basis through female Tatirano Agents. By using our ‘ingeniously’ dubbed STATIRANO platform, we keep a track publicly of all our monitoring calls, visits and repairs. Not only does this data allow you to hold us accountable, we also know exactly the moment a system breaks down so that we can fix it. This means we know for 100% certainty that 100% of our systems are working at any one point in time. (The famous stat across Africa is 40%!).
Our second programme gives everyday families the chance to live with clean water. We make affordable rainwater systems and sell them at cost-price, mostly breaking even in this programme.
Our final programme really sets us aside from NGOs and charities. Here we sell high-end products and services to hotels and individuals at as big a profit as we can. This profit is used to cover the costs of the other two programmes.
Harry was attracted by the biodiversity of Madagascar in 2011 and ever since that short spell living in tents in the rainforest in the southeast, he has been dedicating his time and efforts to water solutions. It seemed obvious – it rained a lot and people didn't have clean water. Harry set up a rainwater harvesting project in 2015 with SEED Madagascar before founding Tatirano Social Enterprise in 2019.
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.
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!
COVID-19 Response61 handwashing stations | 700,000+ pairs of hands washed
After the WHO declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, Madagascar shut its borders to slow the spread. In response, Tatirano Social Enterprise started a crowdfunded handwashing initiative in Fort Dauphin, establishing 23 handwashing stations throughout markets and busy areas in the town.
Handwashing stations were intentionally simple: three buckets, two cups, soap and water. To manage the stations, Tatirano Social Enterprise hired 75 primary school teachers, most of whom were unemployed due to school closures, and kept buckets full with rainwater from Tatirano Social Enterprise's school system at EPP Tanambao (below) via a bladder tank strapped to a cart. During the initial campaign, the project recorded more than 450,000 handwashes.
On September 23rd, the handwashing campaign resumed in earnest with the support of GIZ PrAda, and will continue until the end of the year. The project has been expanded to 61 handwashing stations across 3 regions of Madagascar, and will be installing new water sources, as well as employing 210 people, mostly women, during a time of economic crisis.
Lycée Pole de Fort DauphinLarge public school, 20,000 litres | Completed | 2020
This secondary school system had been in the pipeline for nearly a year when Coronavirus immediately caused Peace Corps Volunteers to be evacuated from Madagascar and all grants were cancelled. Despite the drawback, the funding was still raised via private donors and the project is now finished and providing water all over the school site for up to 1,300 students.
The main objective was to provide a clean water source for handwashing onsite and given the vast school building, a substantial underground piping network over 100m long supplies water at eight tap points on site. These are situated at the toilets and along the outside of the building with soakaways leading to flower beds.
The secondary objective was to save the school money from its astronomical water payments each month from the local utility provider. Unfortunately there is always the risk of a gap in rainfall to the extent that the system doesn't provide water but the system has been setup to be able to easily flip back onto JIRAMA water supply when needed.
In the future, Tatirano aims to install a huge underground reservoir that will use the rest of the roof surface area at the school (this system only collects from about 300m2, 30%!) and connect the water to a nearby community without water connections.
EPP Mananara IIPublic school and community kiosk, 10,000 litres | Completed | 2020
Mananara II is a village in the mountains of Mahatalaky, hidden beyond deep river beds and countless rice paddy fields. Teaming up with SEED Madagascar again, Tatirano installed a rainwater harvesting system on their new primary school. After COVID-19 delays and broken bridges, the water system - complete with a community kiosk and a trained female Tatirano Agent - and the school are now finished.
Saint Vincent de Paul, Tsihombe, Androy RegionCommunity social centre and private school, 324,000 litres | Completed | 2020
A change in aims and technique was required for Tatirano's first project in the arid region of Androy in the south of Madagascar. In a climate of limited rain across only a few short months, collection surface and storage for dry months is absolutely critical. This is why Tatirano's pilot in the Androy region is such a huge project.
Saint Vincent de Paul is part of the Catholic Church and houses a range of social projects. The water system provides over 650,000 litres of water per year for 995 school students between the ages of 3 and 25 years old; 75 handicapped Tsihombe residents who are fed on site every day; and 114 other people working on the site as teachers, constructors or as Sisters of the Church.
In the future, Tatirano will increase the surface area collecting into the already existing large water tanks and a community kiosk will be installed. As per Tatirano's management model, a female Tatirano Agent will manage the sale of water and the maintenance of the systems.
EPP TanambaoPublic school and community kiosk, 10,000 litres | Completed | 2020
Tanambao is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Taolagnaro. The primary school has 1400 students from 3 years to 17 years old. In the absence of a reliable water source on site, students weren't washing hands, especially after using the toilet.
Linking up with Stop Hunger and other individual donors from Taolagnaro, Tatirano Social Enterprise installed two 5,000 litre water tanks with a collection potential of over 750,000 litres per year. With a clear surplus on the school's needs, a community kiosk was established to sell extra water to the local community. Our first Tatirano Agent, Madame Donine, manages the sale of water and the functioning the systems.
EPP AndramanakaPublic school and community kiosk, 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 and is managed by our female Tatirano Agent, Rosseliane.
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 and community kiosk, 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 sharing the water with the community. As of 2020, SEED have handed over responsibility of rainwater harvesting system to Tatirano Social Enterprise. Tatirano's third female Tatirano Agent, Madame Harena, has been 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.
Private household bladder tanks500 litres and 1000 litres | Affordable water at the home | zero subsidy, zero profit
The state-owned utility company, JIRAMA, is vastly under-resourced and as such, can only provide approximately 2/3 of Taolagnaro's daily demand when running at full capacity. Tatirano Social Enterprise has begun discussions and planning sessions to explore options of supporting this capacity at the municipal level with a future partnership very likely.
Meanwhile, Tatirano has manufactured affordable rainwater harvesting solutions for middle-income families to have control over their own water supply at home.
Tanambao MarketplaceMain marketplace in Fort Dauphin, 20,000 litres | Planned | 2020
In collaboration with the British Embassy in Madagascar and the Urban Commune of Fort Dauphin, Tatirano Social Enterprise will repair the roofs in the main market of Fort Dauphin and install two 10,000 litre ferrocement tanks These will provide increased access to clean water where alternatives are far from the market place, and in turn increase hygiene in coordination with Tatirano's handwashing campaign to fight against COVID-19 and waterborne diseases.
Plage de MonseigneurBeachside system for fishers, collectors and community, 10,000 litres | Planned | 2020
Under the collaboration with GIZ PrAda to improve hygiene in value chains to fight COVID-19, Tatirano will be installing a new structure, roof and 10,000 litre ferrocement tank to provide a water source at a busy beach trading point where there is currently no alternative within 500m.
Farafangana MarketplaceThe marketplace in Farafangana, 40,000 litres | Under Construction | 2020
Under the same collaboration with GIZ PrAda and Tatirano's new partner, the Urban Commune of Farafangana, two 20,000 litre tanks will collect rainfall from huge roof surface areas to provide an additional two water points in the huge market where there is currently only one water point.
This is also Tatirano's first project working in the Region of Atsimo-Atsinanana. This region has the worst access to water, to hygiene and to sanitation in the whole of Madagascar yet there are still over 1 million people that live here. If this project is successful (and given high and regular rainfall, we are hopeful!), this could open up a huge number of opportunities for scaling up the East coast.
With your help…
Manambaro Hospital, Manambaro Commune 19,589,000 Ar (£4,099.53)
Rehabilitation of 114,000 litres of storage capacity; installation and connection of rainwater harvesting system; community kiosk managed by female Tatirano Agent (collection potential: 1,095,346 litres per year). Monthly reach: 500-1000 patients, 50 families in community nearby.
EPP Centre I, Fort Dauphin Commune 6,098,650 Ar (£1,276.31)
Installation of 10,000 litres of storage capacity; installation and connection of rainwater harvesting system; community kiosk managed by female Tatirano Agent (collection potential: 564,000 litres per year) Monthly reach: 320 students, 30 families in community nearby.
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