Project location: Taolagnaro, Madagascar
Funding: £15,791
Year / duration: 2006 / 1 Year
Partner: Azafady

Despite its size, Madagascar is one of the most impoverished and least developed countries in the world. The majority of the population lives below the poverty line
with almost no sanitation or water infrastructure, no health care, inadequate education, mass unemployment and chronic malnutrition.

Azafady is a charity which has been working since 1994 in Madagascar to fight poverty and prevent environmental destruction.

TRAID provided a grant to train women to gain employment and secure an income. Courses took place in a permanent training facility and included language courses, IT and literacy. This funding also built a crèche giving mothers the opportunity to take courses while receiving free childcare and food. For students graduating from courses, small grants were made available to help candidates set up their own businesses. Establishing a crèche providing free childcare and food to course participants.

Key Outcomes

  • 250 Malagasy people completing courses with the highest demand in literacy and English language
  • 6 Education Workshops run to train course graduates to establish small businesses
  • 31 businesses set up and generating income

This project model has proven successful and today, Project Lanirano continues to enhance the incomes of some of the most marginalised people in Madagascar.