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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 19,666 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 8,056,953 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.

Finished Tatirano tank with water point and smiling girl

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.

Our team

Tatirano Agents

RAZAFINDRAHOTIANA Jean Dieu Donine Tatirano Agent Fort Dauphin Marketplace
RASOAVONINIAINA Mame Clementine Tatirano Agent Fort Dauphin Marketplace
MINISOA Josephine
MINISOA Josephine Tatirano Agent La Plage de Monseigneur
TEMASOA Harena Tatirano Agent EPP Ambandrika
MIZA Rostoline
MIZA Rostoline Tatirano Agent EPP Andramanaka
RAVAONOMENA Tirisoa Leontine
RAVAONOMENA Tirisoa Leontine Tatirano Agent EPP Centre I
RAZANAJATOVO Larissa Tatirano Agent Farafangana Marketplace
RAMINOARISOA Nirina Sylviane
RAMINOARISOA Nirina Sylviane Tatirano Agent Farafangana Marketplace
ROJOTIANA Nomenjanahary Gastinah
ROJOTIANA Nomenjanahary Gastinah Tatirano Agent EPP Tanambao
RAVELOSOA Angela Clara
RAVELOSOA Angela Clara Tatirano Agent Mahabo Marketplace
Florette Tatirano Agent EPP Farafara Vatambe
MARY Soarivory
MARY Soarivory Tatirano Agent EPP Mananara II
NANDRASANA Romaine Tatirano Agent EPP Befalafa
NOLINE Tatirano Agent EPP Tsagnoriha
RASOANIRINA Francine Tatirano Agent CEG Mahatalaky
BAOLORINE Cela Myrielle
BAOLORINE Cela Myrielle Tatirano Agent EPP Manambondro
Zafimamy Tatirano Agent Vohitrambo
RASOAVINANTENAINA Emilie Tatirano Agent Ampataka Marketplace
Vola Tatirano Agent CEG Ampasy
TAHINJANAHARY JEANNE Noela Tatirano Agent EPP Mahabe
Berthe Tatirano Agent EPP Ambinanibe
RASOAVINANTENAINA Emilie Tatirano Agent Ampataka Marketplace
Landricia Tatirano Agent Ambalabe Marketplace

Construction Team

RAMANANTSIADIANA Wilmin Fidelos Head of Construction
RANDRIAMAMPIONONA Emeligo Gerni Construction Team Leader
TSAMBANY Emile Sebastien
TSAMBANY Emile Sebastien Construction Team Leader
RANDRIAMANJARY Sheft Gregory Assistant Head of Construction
TSAMBANY Bienvenu Construction Team Leader
RANDRIANANTENAINA Juvence Assistant Construction Team Leader
DAMY Gogo Assistant Construction Team Leader
Joujou General Construction Team
TEMA Mameno Elphine
TEMA Mameno Elphine Assistant Construction Team Leader
HAINGONIAINA Christhela General Construction Team
RASOANANDRASANA Delicia General Construction Team
RAHARIMANITRA Beatrice Sabrina
RAHARIMANITRA Beatrice Sabrina General Construction Team
Herve General Construction Team
RAVELISOA Amelin Nixon
RAVELISOA Amelin Nixon General Construction Team
RASOLOARIJAONA Solofonjatovo (Dadah)
RASOLOARIJAONA Solofonjatovo (Dadah) General Construction Team

Office Team

CHAPLIN Harry Director
RAVONIARISOA Lantonaina Theoderine
RAVONIARISOA Lantonaina Theoderine Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant
HARENASOA Julienne Treated Water Sales Assistant
RAZANATSARA Hanitra Issana
RAZANATSARA Hanitra Issana Admin & Finance Assistant
MANAMAGNILO Tira Julian Guardian
WOOD Daniel
WOOD Daniel Web Development


Nancy Taussig
Nancy Arnot Taussig

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 Adler
Dr Ilan Adler

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.

Cody Moolman
Cody Moolman

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.

Having served as 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
Hasina Randrianjafy

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.


End Water Poverty SEED Madagascar University College London Ministère de l'Eau, de l'Assainissement et de l'Hygiene Royal Academy of Engineering Centre Medical de Fort Dauphin Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Clean Water Healthy Village Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Commune Urbaine de Fort-Dauphin Ecole supérieure polytechnique d'Antananarivo (ESPA) University of Strathclyde National Peace Corps Association British Embassy Madagascar Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Stop Hunger The Travers Cox Charitable Foundation MADLab Care Finance

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!

A finished rainwater harvesting system at EPP Ambinanikely in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

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.

A 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting system pictured in a busy marketplace in Farafangana, southeast Madagascar
A passive desalination unit being developed at the Tatirano office in Fort Dauphin

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.

A water truck driving through an arid area in rural Madagascar

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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