- 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
THE ESSOR MODEL 4 MAIN PILLARS:
> Manufacturing of 30,000 improved stoves Increase of income through the time released
> Subsidize the feasibility phase, start the working capital and facilitate access to commercial credit
> Spread adequate and profitable agro-ecological crops and systems
> Support the producers in their production and negotiation capabilities
1,000+ producers federated in 41 ESSORs
€600,000 in 2016
Revaluing producer prices thanks to the development of short distribution channels preserving margins
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
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).