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Habitat for Humanity Madagascar

Contact information

HFH Madagascar
PO Box 12133
Antananarivo 101
Fax: +261 202231258
Phone: 202337353

Habitat's work in Madagascar

Number of families served this year: 

Country Profile

Habitat for Humanity Madagascar

Habitat for Humanity aims to improve health and living conditions of communities in Madagascar, for that it is working with Municipalities, local communities and beneficiary families to make change happen. The generosity and the commitment of donors are behind everything HFHM is doing. Since 2000, Habitat Madagascar supported more than 11,438 families throughout Madagascar. Find out more at

The housing need in Madagascar

Madagascar is prone to tropical cyclones and the accompanying torrential rains, which in recent years have left thousands of people homeless. Madagascar’s decent housing deficit is estimated at more than 2 million. Madagascar is on of the ten poorest countries in the world, 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. 65 percent live in rural areas as farmers. More than half of its population does not have access to safe drinking water, and 87 percent do not have adequate sanitation facilities. Families in rural villages earn what they can through domestic farming, carpentry, craft and embroidery. However, with their low incomes, most do not own land or have access to credit from traditional lending institutions. Their houses are usually little more than shacks made from compacted mud and poorly attached thatched roofs, which provide little or no protection from diseases, robbery and cyclones.

How Habitat addresses the need in Madagascar

Habitat is looking for improving living condition of local community by working on mainly on urban slum upgrading via housing and community facilities; and water and sanitation project, providing latrines, water points and training).

Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Madagascar:

  • New homes
    The interventions allow families to build one- to three-room houses while others are able to take smaller loans for home improvements (e.g. roof repair, construction of a toilet) or to build in stages. Some beneficiaries build concrete foundations and put back their reed walls on top of it. After paying off their first loan, they contract for a second loan to raise the walls. This flexibility allows families to improve their housing gradually over time, without stressing them with heavy loan repayments. The maximum loan period is three years. Monthly repayments include a 6% annual inflation rate which will not exceed 25% of the family income. By choosing between different house designs, families are able to find a housing design commensurate to their current income levels. The house design utilizes local materials and is labor intensive which ensures that resources stay and circulate within the local economy. Community members are hired as masons, brick makers, trench diggers, etc. Gence
  • Communal infrastructure
    The project provides improved access to water and sanitation which includes better access to public latrines and community water points. Enlarged pathways and drainage systems dramatically improve the overall hygiene of the communities by reducing pools of stagnant and contaminated water. The enhanced pathways will also improve the communities’ ability to reach households with goods or services or in case of emergency.
  • Training and community involvement
    Leaders from the community and representatives from the Municipality are involved in every stage of program design, implementation and evaluation. These ensures community investment and sense of ownership. Community members are trained on home maintenance, use of mosquito nets and management and maintenance of community infrastructures.

Meet a Habitat family

Gence Solo Zurline, her sister Pierrete and daughter Adeline used to live in a one-room thatched house with a wooden opening. Zurline makes living by selling second-hand clothes in Toliara and Ankililoaka and supports her sister who is jobless. Previously, during the rainy season, the water used to flood the old house and, since the family don’t have any close relative in the city that could shelter them, they had no other choice but withstand these terrible living conditions. The house wasn´t safe. Zurline couldn´t sleep at night as she was afraid of what might happen, if bad weather came. Through the Habitat partnership, Zuline and her family are now living in a two-room house made of concrete blocks and an iron sheet roof. She said: “Living in a brick house changed my life. We feel safe, even when the heavy ran comes; we have a peace of mind.”

What you can do

You can help Malagasy families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:


Go to and designate your gift to Habitat Madagascar.


Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own. For more information go to:


Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 863700, MADAGASCAR on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709


To learn more about Habitat projects in Madagascar or in other parts of the region, please contact us.

Habitat for Humanity Madagascar
Vola Razoelisolomihanta, RDCM

Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa
Colleen Hughes, Program Development Manager


Country facts:

Capital: Antananarivo
Main country facts: Gained independence in 1960
Population: 23 million
Urbanization: 32.6 percent live in cities
Life expectancy: 65 years
Population living below poverty line: 50 percent

Find more country facts on:
CIA The World Factbook – Madagascar


Habitat facts:

When the program started: 2000
Families served: More than 7,000
Volunteers hosted: More than 200
Housing Solutions: New homes, Housing microfinance, Advocacy and awareness raising