Providing sanitation to local people living in touristic destinations

Foster grassroots community livelihoods in Madagascar using Menstrual Hygiene Management - MHM. Health is one cornerstone of a fair travel

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

Halt Poverty

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Madagascar

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Ambositra Fianarantsoa Isalo Manakara Ranomafana


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In some countries like Madagascar, menstruation is considered as shameful and dirty. Natural materials such as mud, leaves, dung or animal skins are used to manage the menstrual flow. Insufficient access to safe and private toilets, lack of clean water and soap for personal hygiene. Facing long-standing social stigmas, several women and girls become isolated from family, friends, and their communities. Thus fall behind their male counterparts.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Investigating: beliefs, literatures, policies associated with MHM. Conduct discussions on MHM to academic and professional entities. Explain about MHM, ask participants to identify challenges with MHM and ensure to gather their ideas for how MHM can be improved. Debrief after each visit and compile the major challenges and solutions proposed. Make available menstrual materials include disposable options: sanitary napkins, handmade pads, soft cups, pads, etc. Design and sell reusable options include: cloths, handmade pads. Availability of service for health, hygiene, and nutrition services: pain medications available in first aid kits, resting place to those feeling unwell, referrals to health clinics for additional health information. Interventions that target younger adolescents towards risky social and health-related behaviors that many adolescents and young adults practice such as prostitution, sexual tourism are essential. Especially in high flow of tourists ’areas.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We sought to see improved existing and new workforce capacities for career development in tour guiding: 100 (aged 18-45) people from 5 regions of Madagascar trained and gained adequate skills and experience to enhance their opportunities either in Madagascar's main tourism destinations or in tour companies. Priority was given to people from a disadvantaged background. At least 5 eco clubs formed in each region: 2,000 (10 or so) people had indirect exposure by joining, by discussing (e.g. sustainable tourism, community gardening, waste management techniques, etc.) by accessing online materials, by gaining knowledge from exchange with guest speakers including representatives of the 100 selected candidates. Priority access to MHM services will be given to our members. Most of our members are at or below income levels. Madagascar has a long history of weak economic growth. Together with local government, we aim to sell or distribute menstrual hygiene materials.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Halt Poverty is now registered organization. We have applied for grant requests, have submitted proposals for funding. Small fees are planned to be collected from members to conduct activities. Our model gather 10 to 15 members: meet weekly, fortnightly, monthly, yearly. Create an environment of mutual growth in our small group: launch an activity that generate revenue. Scaling through community best practitioners: for the people, of the people and by the people.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We differ from other approaches tackling the same issue as we mainly focus on people involved in tourism industry. Our target beneficiaries are families and workforces in tourism segment. Fragmented depending on their activities: tour guides, agents, tourism institutions, hotels, hospitality and tourism students etc. Whereas other organizations are mainly focused on Malagasy youth and the entire population as a whole.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Madagascar has a long history of weak economic growth amid recurrent political instability. The country has become one of the poorest countries in the world, with over 80 percent of the population living on a less than $1.90 a day. Sexual tourism, no ethics from some operators, corruption, insecurity mostly for road trips on national roads, lack of adequate medical infrastructure, airlines, just to name a few. Tourism can have negative impact on biodiversity: pressure on habitats, from poorly designed or managed tourism operations and activities. Just wanted to bring my input and contribute to poverty alleviation. I decided to apply to different programs and conferences from study abroad to get more insights to use back home in Madagascar. Halt Poverty was launched as a project in response to the needs to empower human capital in tourism-based activities.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others


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Photo of Betzabe Costa Pinto

Your project is a good start, but I see that your country like ours have problems of health, environmental pollution and above all poverty, I would love to put your consideration our product, from recycled raw material as environmental, economic solution and give work options to the community. Let's move forward together !!!

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