KEY MESSAGES

- Description: Since 2015, SENS supports companies of a new nature, the Entreprises Solidaires de Services aux Ruraux (ESSOR – Solidarity Enterprises for Services to Rural Communities).They enable the set up of a link between rural households and urban agrifood players concerning their supplies of raw materials.
- Specificity: A concept based on relationships and engagements, the ESSOR entrepreneur is able to establish sustainable relationships, is concerned about the future of his/her village/community and wants to push forward the households he/she goes along with.
- Impact: A network of 41 solidarity enterprises which facilitate access to urban markets for 1,000 rural producers

 

FUNCTIONING

THE ESSOR MODEL 4 MAIN PILLARS:
Identify
> Manufacturing of 30,000 improved stoves Increase of income through the time released

Finance
> Subsidize the feasibility phase, start the working capital and facilitate access to commercial credit

Test
> Spread adequate and profitable agro-ecological crops and systems

Train
> Support the producers in their production and negotiation capabilities

 

SCOPE

BENIN
1,000+ producers federated in 41 ESSORs

 

BUDGET

€600,000 in 2016

 

IMPACTS

Agricultural productivity
Revaluing producer prices thanks to the development of short distribution channels preserving margins

Climate change
Limiting climate hazard exposure thanks to crop diversication

Sustainable dev. goals
« Making life in the village better »
Protection and improvement of the economic, social, and ecological environment

 

NEXT STEPS

Develop a network of 50 to 60 ESSORs, able to serve 5,000 associated households, i.e. at least 25,000 rural people reached
Adapt and spread diversied agro-ecological production systems, combining subsistence crops, specialized high value-added crops, agroforestry and 8 to 10 strategic products / value chains (soy, neem, moringa, artemise).