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HANTA TIANA RANAIVO RAJAONARISOA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa is the Malagasy creator and CEO of BioMADA, which has since been renamed Flore Aroma. In 2011, while in high school, Hanta created and launched her line of 100 percent natural, essential oils with money she saved from school. All of the products she makes are effective as mosquito repellant which helps to reduce the likelihood of contracting Malaria. Her first batch of only 100 bottles, which she sold at a trade fair, sold out within days.


Rajaonarisoa has since created an array of products ranging from all-natural hair spray to antiperspirant. Hanta has created much more than a fragrance line, all of her products are made locally; creating jobs for hundreds in Madagascar.

—MB

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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