Many farmers’ and entrepreneurs’ organisations that Trias works with, lack strong leadership and a shared vision to drive internal change processes. To respond to this, Trias has developed LEATRA, a leadership trajectory. It supports leaders to be able to inspire people, create a vision and guide a group to commit to a change process within an organisation.

What is LEATRA?

A long-term learning trajectory designed to:

  • combine training sessions and individual coaching. This proximity coaching is provided by peers and allows participants to work gradually on the new things they learn.
  • focus above all on individual attitudes and behaviors.
  • build on participants’ strengths, not their weaknesses. The participants follow as a priority specific training modules on which they already have skills that they can strengthen.


Dynamics of change within
member-based organisations

Better cohesion, sharing of information and transparency of management, renewal of decision-making bodies, etc.

Community action

Inspire by example to improve the living conditions of the community

Changing individual attitudes

The 13 specific training modules relate, for example, to motivation and self-confidence, change management or even communication and conflict management.

how does it work?

  • Identification of participants: our partners select participants, based on different criteria (knowing how to read and write, being willing, available, and open to criticism, etc.), with specific attention to women and young people.
  • Assessment of initial skills: participants assess their leadership skills, in order to select the training modules that will be followed.
  • Basic training: basic training focuses on the general notions of leadership. It is provided for 3 days by facilitators (technicians or members of our partners) that were trained by Trias.
  • Specific training: participants follow at least 3 specific training modules (chosen collectively from 13 modules) to strengthen their initial skills.
  • Individual coaching: between each specific training, participants follow individual coaching sessions, provided by MBO leaders or Trias-trained field professionals.

“I never imagined I would have the ability to lead a group of women. Many things have changed for me, I became more confident and courageous. I am no longer afraid to speak in public. I even gained the courage to apply for the presidency of my union.”

Awa OUEDRAOGO (president of UERWL, Burkina Faso)
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In depth preparation
Prior to each training session, the trainers undergo two days of pedagogical preparation. Technical and financial support of Trias is therefore essential.

Inspiring pedagogical material
Images, videos, quotes, proverbs… the tools used for the training sessions emphasize non-verbal elements. This inspires participants and makes an impression in order to stimulate changes in attitudes.

Train the trainer
Participants were identified to become, in turn, trainers or coaches. They demonstrate a real enthusiasm for LEATRA and want to pass on what they have learned. These leadership champions are key resource persons on whom we rely to scale up the approach.

“On a daily basis, I try to apply the coaching approach: to become a supporter of ideas rather than one who formulates advice. I try to get people to ask themselves the right questions and find their own solutions. When the proposals come from practice and experience, applying them in practice is much easier.”

Jules OUEDRAOGO (Fert, Burkina Faso)


The Masindi District Farmers’ Association (MADFA) in mid-western Uganda had 3,800 members in 2011. Most of them were unorganised small-holders. Today, as a result of training and coaching organised by Trias for their leaders, management and staff, MADFA has over 8,500 members, many of which are organised in cooperatives and small-farmer associations engaged in collective marketing and operating as economic units. To support its members, MADFA developed three spin-offs: a SACCO, a seed company and a business wing.