Laiterie du Berger

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For comparable production volumes (some 100 million litres a year), Senegal's imports of dairy products represent more than 40 billion CFA francs a year, while domestic dairy production remains underdeveloped. Milk imports, in particular powder milk, have the advantage of direct access to the main consumer market, i.e. Dakar, without transport costs or delays. Moreover, to make these products available in more isolated markets, in a country where nobody has electricity or a refrigerator, milk has to be long-life, sterilised, concentrated or in powder form.

Located at Richard Toll in the north of the country, La Laiterie du Berger is the country's only dairy processing milk collected from the semi-nomadic livestock herders living along the Senegal river. The company basically acts as an interface between herders and consumers, with the overall objective of making the most of domestic milk production. The company offers the herders a fixed price for their milk, ensuring them a steady income. They also provide them with food for the livestock.

Behind the company are three young Senegalese with a solid technical background. BIO extended a first  EUR 1 million loan facility in 2007 to support its further development.

In 2009, the company had expanded its market to such size that it was necessary to add powder milk in certain periods of the year in order to respond to the demand. This was integrated gradually and successfully without loss of quality. In 2010, BIO granted another loan of EUR 1.350.000 in local currency to allow the company to finance its growth.

Website : www.lalaiterieduberger.wordpress.com

  • Investment amount (€):

    EUR 1.38 million

    Milk collection and processing

  • Contract signature :

    2007 - 2010

  • Nature of intervention :

    Loan in local currency

  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Encourage local production
    • 2 — Ensure sustainable livelihood for sheperds

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