organizing social and solidarity economy network

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organizing social and solidarity economy network : development through "bottom-up"approach

Yaounde, CameroonYaounde, Cameroon
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1 million - $5 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

we are building social and solidarity economy network to boost a cooperative movment in Cameroon and we making roads by paving them in a participativ action in with communities are involved this bring a "bottom-up"development "all changemakers"

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

the poorest win their economic autonomy among cooperatives?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

due to the "top-down"approach to tacle development problem until now, our countries are not find their way to growth. 80% of crops are still lost in villages due to the lack of praticable roads, the fight of the corruption is not effective as communities are not involved in it. the state doesn't succed in human development. communities are not well organised and their activities remain in unformal sector. young people are unimployed

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

we help to organise communities in an inclusive national network by creating local social and solidarity economy network (RELESS) in every of 360 councils of Cameroon 120 are already created. this allows involved actors to create their own jobs. villages are landlocked and we spread the participative paving of roads with stone as they did in cape verde 12 kilometers are already paved and we produce stone localy this produce many jobs for the youth.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

I just start with an example in the first RELESS we created at Akonolinga there are 750 women involved, they realised 250 millions cfa francs turn over in 2013 this is hudge for women in rural area. they just o to the maket to sell their crops once a month. this year we create a coop market so that they can come once a week, see the impact in their life! everybody is winning in this system local communities, the village, the council the regions and the national economy. my example is not hypothetic it is a real one. these women go through unpraticable roads with many difficulties to bring their crops near the main road

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

the impact is already seen the first step is successfull, well organised, our communities improve their capacities of production and trade. they can act among networks and they improve their incomes doing so. when some strutures want to work with them they find it easy because the network offers an area and a visibility to every takeholder. productive activities are also improved and the communities are stronger than before. they now succeed in denouncing acts of corruption this was not the case before. they also learn about democracy, the cooperative is a model of democracy they understand how it works in a collectiv and social entreprize.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

our main spread strategy is based on training . we train teams in every area they work the field.they sensitize communities and they help them to be structured, they explain what social entreprize is especially the cooperative. we have to train 500 trainers 50/ region there are 10 region in Cameroon. they organize 360 local networks in 360 councils of Cameroon those networks will build themselves in ten regionel networks and after in one national social and solidarity economy network an example for our sub region of central Africa we could then build a sub regional network fortrade actions

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

we just need support now and the main support we need is on producing paves (equipments to cut stone) if we produce more paves than we do now, the govnment,councils and somme cooperatives will become customers they buy paves and give them to communities who participate in the confection of their own roads. this bring sufficiant incomes to invest among cooperatives and boost social activities.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

I took brazilian and canadian networks and the Malian initiative of paving roads and I thought That this can be done in my country and it´s works. My main challenge was to make people put themselves together. I think that with more support from other partners, it Will be better Than it is now... À other exemple is the one of Cape Verde where people pavés their roads themselves with the support of local and national authorities. To avoid corruption and other problem we want to make this activity without a strong partership with administrations, They can intervane later

Founding Story

when I started this project I receive an Award of the french senate as I created a social entreprize in France I then dicided to go to my country and do something in the same direction. the french asociation who decided to support me was "les amis de Paris Roubaix" they finded my projrct very interesting as they are defending historical roads made by stone in France for my it was not an historic purpose but an economic one. when I went to Cameroon with my idea, a program namdes Participativ decided to finance the pilot phase of the prject


we are an NGO and we have a classic structuration of an association but for the project we have: - an advisor - a deputy advisor - a college of training RELESS are autonomous they fonctionne as entreprises our purpose is to allow every member of the team to create his own structure pavage is the activity wich will continue our NGO have already sign a partnership agreement with the Govnment who has the duty of financing roads