|Date of incorporation||2012|
|Country of operation||Burundi|
|Link to Netherlands||Project of RvO & collaboration with Wageningen University|
|Sustainability type||Social, environmental|
|BoP involved as …||Producers|
Important partners are considered to be local cooperatives that provide farmers with all kinds of (financial) support and training; local NGO AGAPE who is closely managing the community; research institutions ISABU and Wageningen University to gain knowledge that can be transmitted to the community; and the government of Burundi as well as Province de Makamba. For the fish farm project ELAGA also works with Pisciculture France Afrique (PFA), a France organization aiming to increase the fish farming in Africa, who aids technical assistance in terms of machines and techniques.
In sum, ELAGA is supporting farmers with the growing, processing, marketing and sales of patchouli and fish, by developing a sustainable value chain of collaborators, customers, partners and the local community. In doing so, ELAGA commits to a strong CSR policy to create maximum social impact for the Burundian population. This means that ELAGA is closely observing preservation of the environment, developing social relationships between all stakeholders, and making sure that added value is sustainable. Currently, ELAGA operates in four provinces of Burundi but aims to expand to other provinces, in order to become a national reference for the development of the rural world. However, it is challenging to find the capacity in terms of farmers, but also in terms of support for the farmers. Therefore, ELAGA will need assistance of the government and other actors in order to make extensions of the project feasible.
More information about ELAGA can be found here.
In order to effectively scale Elaga collaboratively, we organized a workshop using 5-step-to-scale framework with the participation of Elaga and their partners. The outcome of the workshop is presented as below.
Step 1: Ambition
In this step, Elaga and their partners answered the following seven simple questions to demarcate what value they and their partners seek to create for the BoP. First, they answered the questions individually. Then they discussed each other’s answers to reach a single, shared scaling ambition. Finally, Elaga defined the following scaling impact ambition with their partners.
Step 2: Discovery
Understand the actors, resources, activities: In this step, Elaga and their partners visualized the collaborators in the ecosystem (commonly called actors), their interactions and relationships with other collaborators, and the value created, delivered and captured through the collaboration for the BoP. The ecosystem for Elaga can be visualized as below.
Understand the actors’ capabilities: Elaga and their partners listed out the business’s opportunities, and threat.
Step 3: Strategy
In this step, Elaga and their partners discovered potential scaling tactics by brainstorming ideas for each category. This results in about three most interesting ideas for each category.
Step 4: Adaptation
In this step, Elaga and their partners identified and visualized the actors, resources and activities as well as the relationships between them that are necessary to realize the most interesting scaling tactics from Step 3.
Step 5: Evaluation
In this step, Elaga and their partners used a simple attractiveness feasibility matrix to evaluate the scaling tactics. They scored each of the most interesting scaling tactics from step 3 based on their attractiveness and feasibly on a scale from high to low.