Moablaou is the largest producer of table eggs in Burkina Faso. It engages in the production, distribution and sale of eggs in the Koubri region. Moablaou also sells ancillary products such as spent hens and chicken waste as fertiliser.
The company had an installed capacity of 110,000 laying hens with 55,000 operational. Moablaou faced working capital constraints limiting its potential to expand local egg production and diversify into the broiler market. The company’s 2012 financial year was a particularly challenging one as it lost most of its flock to Marek’s disease. Due to the outbreak, Moablaou was compelled to sell its spent hens early and at discounted prices. The business needed an urgent injection of funds, and management oversight to help re-strategise operations.
Since November 2014, the AAF SME Fund has invested $4.45m in Moablaou. The invested funds financed the procurement of an additional hen house, the purchase of Day Old Chicks (DOCs) and the construction of a farm road. Equipment such as an automatic egg grader, water trucks and generator sets were purchased to support operations. The fund injection also helped settle outstanding foreign supplier payments to avoid business disruption and enhance operational growth.