Tip The Farmer at your local coffee shop

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Tip The Farmer at your local coffee shop

After over 18 months of coordinating partners, aligning visions and developing the platform, ELAN RDC is thrilled to share the recent launch Tip the Farmer—an initiative that strengthens the connection between the consumer and producer who grew the coffee. Tip the Farmer brings partnerships framed around the integration of traceability systems to life, helps encourage the increased availability of information throughout the value chain, and strives to foster greater trust through transparency.

“Tips” are targeting an additional 16% in revenue per kg. to the farmer to reward them for premium quality cherries bought at designated washing stations in North Kivu, one of Congo’s primary specialty coffee growing zones.

Making a difference is simple. To “tip the farmer”, customers can use SnapScan at the point of sale (POS) or contribute online at TipTheFarmer.org.za. Each tip allows coffee drinkers to pay a compliment to the producers behind their cup and show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication required to produce the coffees they enjoy every day.

On behalf of the teams behind the design, development, and launch, ELAN RDC is pleased to join partners Olam Specialty Coffee, Virunga Coffee Co., Bean There Coffee Co., and Motherland Coffee Co., and welcome you to explore the tool for yourself at http://tipthefarmer.org.za/.

And as we like to say, think coffee, think Congo!

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Millions of dollars in grain trade commitments from B2B event

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Millions of dollars in grain trade commitments from B2B event

 Buyers and sellers of grains and agricultural machinery and inputs and banks meet to trade

Buyers and sellers of grains and agricultural machinery and inputs and banks meet to trade

More than 70 participants, including many local and international companies, took part in business-to-business meeting in Goma to negotiate and sign trade commitments. At the end of the day, 18,000 MT of grains were committed to, for a total value of about $6 million. The deals will be structured and closed over the next few months.

As part of improving market access in the agriculture and horticulture sector, ELAN RDC partner, EAGC (www.eagc.org), organized the business-to-business meeting in Goma at the end of August. The event brought together buyers and sellers of grains, agricultural machinery, inputs as well as banks to meet and trade. Buyers and sellers from the East African Community (EAC) region also met with their Congolese counterparts to build networks and help grow regional trade.

 Discussions in progress.

Discussions in progress.

Such an approach is a step towards increased cross-border trade and also opens up new opportunities for local production in the DRC. In the long term, improved cross-border trade and local production opportunities should strengthening food security in the region.

A second business-to-business meeting was held in Lubumbashi on September 12, in which over 22,400 MT of grains, worth more than $14.6 million, assorted grain handling equipment and machinery were signed for supply.

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Standardized units of measurement in Kalemie

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Standardized units of measurement in Kalemie

 Using standardized measurements will help to better integrate markets.

Using standardized measurements will help to better integrate markets.

In Kalemie, ELAN RDC partner CAPAM is pushing to better integrate smallholder farmers into larger markets by using kilograms for agricultural commodities in place of local measures.

Unlike other goods, grain is usually measured using small containers, particularly by small sellers in local markets. CAPAM (Comité des acheteurs de produits agricoles de Moba) has sought to introduce the balance as a measurement tool in thirteen pilot grain depots throughout Kalemie. The intervention, which was launched in June, was the subject of a radio and television awareness campaign.

 CAPAM introducing balances in Kalemie.

CAPAM introducing balances in Kalemie.

Standardizing measurements increases market transparency. As a result, comparing prices between vendors or different markets becomes easier. This should allow Kalemie to better integrate with other local and regional markets.

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Financial inclusion training for street vendors

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Financial inclusion training for street vendors

 Launch of Orange Money financial inclusion campaign for street vendors at Place Victoire in Kinshasa.

Launch of Orange Money financial inclusion campaign for street vendors at Place Victoire in Kinshasa.

Orange Money and ELAN RDC partnered to launch a pilot financial inclusion initiative specifically targeting street vendors. The program, which was started in August, looks to enroll street vendors as mobile money users and encourage them to save through their mobile money account rather than with informal saving practices.

ELAN RDC designed a community-based marketing approach to foster Mobile Money adoption among street vendors by leveraging the pre-identified leaders of the network of street vendors to ease product adoption. A past market survey showed that street vendors do save regularly, but informally. 45 street vendors and leaders were selected and trained on how to use Orange Money, as well as the basics of Marketing and entrepreneurship to equip them properly when talking to their peers about savings via Orange Money.

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Access to decent housing in the DRC

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Access to decent housing in the DRC

ELAN RDC commissioned a field survey of around one hundred salaried customers from a bank in Kinshasa and Mbanza Ngungu (Kongo Central) to identify their specific housing credit needs and expectations.

The results of the field survey reveal that demand for credit for housing needs is enormous. In fact, 90% of the clients surveyed showed interest.

 Enjoy the materials on the housing value chain that we shared at Expo Beton.

Enjoy the materials on the housing value chain that we shared at Expo Beton.

26% of respondents surveyed say they would invest in construction that includes specific work such as foundations, walls, rooms, sanitary facilities and kitchens. The most cited finishes are plastering, painting, roofing and tiling. 29% of those surveyed are interested in improvements, including making the necessary purchases to finish the house already built. They specifically mentioned: electrical appliances, solar panels, doors and windows. The purchase and preparation of land was the final category of need expressed.

In the end, the field survey of banked employee customers has shown that almost all the clients surveyed have a project to build or improve a house. Most clients surveyed are improving or building their own homes little by little as their financial situation allows. In many cases not being able to take out a hosing loan is slowing the construction process for families trying to build the house of their dreams. If market conditions are favorable for construction, demand would be high for housing loans.

Introducing housing loans could allow Congolese families to enjoy a decent home, while respecting the lending standards within the bank.

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Avoir accès à un logement décent en RDC

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Avoir accès à un logement décent en RDC

ELAN RDC ont commandé une enquête terrain auprès d’une centaine de ses clients salariés d’une banque de la place à Kinshasa et à Mbanza Ngungu (Congo Central) afin de pouvoir identifier leurs besoins et attentes spécifiques sur le crédit habitat. 

Les résultats de l’enquête terrain révèlent que la demande pour le crédit dédié aux besoins à l’habitat est énorme. En fait 90% des clients interrogés s’y intéressent.

 Profitez de la documentation sur la chaîne de valeur du logement que nous avons partagée à Expo Beton.

Profitez de la documentation sur la chaîne de valeur du logement que nous avons partagée à Expo Beton.

26% des enquêtés interrogés disent investir dans la construction qui comprend les travaux spécifiques tels que : les fondations, les murs, les chambres, les installations sanitaires et les cuisines.  Les finitions les plus cités sont : le crépissage, la peinture, la toiture et le carrelage. 29% des personnes interrogées, sont intéressées par les améliorations notamment faire les achats nécessaires pour finir la maison déjà construite. Ils ont spécifiquement cité : les installations électro-ménagers, les panneaux solaires, les portes et les fenêtres. Finalement, l’achat et la préparation d’un terrain constitue la quatrième catégorie des besoins exprimés. 

En définitive, l’enquête terrain auprès des clients salariés bancarisés a démontré que, la quasi-totalité des clients interrogés ont un projet de construction ou d’amélioration d’une maison. Ils essayent de construire eux-mêmes leur maison de rêve. Raison pour laquelle le crédit habitat est un produit désiré.

La plupart des clients enquêtés sont en train d’améliorer ou de construire leurs propres maisons petit à petit selon leurs capacités financière. La mise en place d’un produit de crédit habitat pourrait permettre à une famille de bénéficier d’une maison décente, tout en respectant les normes d’octroi de crédits au sein de la banque. Si les conditions du marché sont favorables à la construction, un produit de crédit habitat rencontrerait une forte demande.

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New entrepreneurship information available by calling 155

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New entrepreneurship information available by calling 155

Some of the issues facing entrepreneurs in the DRC are the lack of readily available information on how to start a business and a lack of skills and knowledge to further develop existing activities.

 To address this constraint, ELAN RDC has worked with Viamo and local partners to design training materials for entrepreneurs. In order to make them as accessible as possible we have chosen the form of questions and answers, ranging from “how to choose a product for your business” to “how to manage your account book” and “how to register your business”, to name a few. These materials are now available in five local languages (French, Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo and Tshiluba) through the 155 shortcode, managed by Viamo and supported by Vodacom. Vodacom users have ten free calls per month.

 This initiative adds onto other materials (Financial education, Agriculture, Mobile Money) that ELAN RDC made available on the same Viamo platform previously.

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INVESTIR DANS L’EAU, L’OR LIQUIDE

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INVESTIR DANS L’EAU, L’OR LIQUIDE

Saviez-vous qu'une grande partie de la ville-province de Kinshasa a du mal à accéder à l'eau potable ? Saviez-vous que certains nouveaux quartiers de Kinshasa ne sont pas desservis du tout en eau potable ? Et si nous vous disions que le secteur de l'eau est une activité lucrative ? Nous utilisons de l'eau pour notre hygiène, pour cuisiner mais aussi comme boisson. Voulez-vous en savoir plus sur l'eau en tant qu'opportunité commerciale ?

ÉLAN RDC espère encourager de nombreux opérateurs du secteur de l'eau à proposer un service d'eau potable à un prix abordable aux populations des zones où l'accès à l'eau potable est faible. ÉLAN RDC et les co-organisateurs, à savoir l'UNICEF, le Comité d'action national sur l'eau, l'hygiène et l'assainissement (institution gouvernementale chargée de la coordination du secteur de l'eau) et la Fédération nationale des foreurs manuels ont organisé un atelier pour encourager les investisseurs privés à s'impliquer dans le secteur de l'eau potable, comme le préconise la loi sur l'eau (voir articles 19, 28, 55, 73, 75, etc.).

Cet atelier de mobilisation du secteur privé "Investir dans l’eau, l’or liquide" a présenté des opportunités d’investir dans ce secteur. L'atelier visait à stimuler les investissements dans le secteur de l'eau tout en fournissant des informations utiles sur les forces socioéconomiques, techniques et juridiques du secteur de l'eau, ainsi que sur les risques connexes.

Pour atteindre ces objectifs, des entrepreneurs, des donateurs, des ONG, des institutions et des organisations publiques travaillant dans le secteur de l’eau ont été invités à l’atelier qui s’est tenu le jeudi 13 septembre à l’hôtel Kin Plazza - Arjaan Rotana à Kinshasa.

Les matériels suivants ont été présentés lors de l'événement et sont accessibles au public à toute personne souhaitant travailler pour résoudre le problème de l'accès à l'eau potable à Kinshasa :

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Investing in Water: Liquid Gold

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Investing in Water: Liquid Gold

Did you know that a large part of the city-province of Kinshasa has difficulty accessing drinking water? Did you know that some new neighborhoods in Kinshasa are not served at all with drinking water? And if we told you that the water business is a lucrative business. We use water for our hygiene, for cooking but also as a drink. Do you want to know more about water as a business opportunity?

ÉLAN RDC hopes to encourage many operators in the water business to offer a drinking water service at an affordable price to people, in areas with poor access to drinking water Kinshasa. ÉLAN RDC along with co-hosts UNICEF, the National Action Committee on Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (government institution in charge of the coordination of the water sector) and the National Federation of Manual Drillers, organized a workshop to encourage private investors to become involved in the drinking water sector as advocated by the Water Act (see Articles 19, 28, 55, 73, 75, etc.).

This private sector mobilization workshop "Investing in Water, Liquid Gold" presented opportunities to invest in this sector. The workshop was intended to stimulate investment in the water sector while providing useful information on the socio-economic, technical and legal strengths of the water sector as well as its related risks.

In order to achieve these objectives, entrepreneurs, donors, NGOs, institutions and public organizations working in the water sector were all invited to the workshop which took place on Thursday, September 13 at the hotel Kin Plazza - Arjaan Rotana in Kinshasa..

The following materials were presented at the event and are publicly available to anyone interested in working to solve the problem of access to clean drinking water in Kinshasa:

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Women-produced coffee to receive new investments

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Women-produced coffee to receive new investments

 IFCCA-branded Coffees on Display at Saveur du Kivu’s Coffee and Culture Expo 2018

IFCCA-branded Coffees on Display at Saveur du Kivu’s Coffee and Culture Expo 2018

As interest in the market for women-produced coffees continues to grow, in partnership with IFCCA (Initiative des Femmes Congolaises dans le Café & Cacao), ELAN teamed with local investors to assess new sites for coffee washing stations that will treat coffees produced and sourced from women in South Kivu. In addition to this unique value-adding investment that will be funded by an independent investor, IFCCA secured product placement for their IFCCA-branded coffee blends at boutiques established at the Ihusi Ports in Goma and Bukavu, and at the Ihusi Hotel and the Ihusi Pumping Station in Goma with Cap Kivu to soon be confirmed.

If you are interested in procuring samples or placing orders for IFCCA’s unique line of women produced coffees, we invite you to connect with them directly via their website (http://ifcca.strikingly.com/) or general email (ifcca.rdc@gmail.com) to discuss further.

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