Among the most diligent participants in the Elanga project, Jean Pierre Ndinga, known as Ebende, never fails to participate in the cleaning around the fence every Thursday. "The big animals used to disturb our crops, but now the electric current has said ‘no, you can't enter the fields anymore’. When we started working in this field, it was a pride for us here in Bomassa. Now we can eat saka-saka, cassava, plantains..." he says in his native language, Mbangombe.
The tenants of each of the 59 plots are of course not all equally attentive. The payment of contributions is often delayed, and the sums collected fluctuate, depending on the situation of each person. However, an upward trend in payments and participation seems to be emerging, as people are increasingly aware of the advantages of Elanga, whose viability has been documented by an in-depth study by Steeve Ngama, a Gabonese elephant expert working for IRAF/CENAREST, in 2021.