Celebrating 50 Years

TechnoServe was founded in 1968 to help hardworking people in the developing world lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

In 2018, we proudly celebrated fifty years of impact and millions of lives transformed through the power of private enterprise. As we reflect on all that TechnoServe has accomplished together with our supporters, partners, and enterprising people around the world, we are excited to catalyze even greater change in the years ahead.

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Financial Times ranks TechnoServe among world’s top 5 NGOs

A special report on corporate citizenship and philanthropy in the Financial Times rates TechnoServe as one of the world’s top non-governmental organizations, placing it fourth on the basis of business partnerships.

Revitalizing the Coffee Industry

TechnoServe works with the Tanzanian government to revitalize the coffee industry by developing more efficient manufacturing and purchasing systems throughout the country. Tanzania’s Minister of Finance, the Honorable Basil Mramba, said, “The Tanzanian coffee industry is on a slow but sure road to recovery, as it takes time to fully convert farmers from old habits and practices. We thank TechnoServe for the critical role they have played in this achievement.”

Mozambique becomes a leading cashew-processing nation after years of war

After five years working to foster economic growth in Mozambique as it emerges from a decade-long war, TechnoServe staff focuses on the cashew industry as a driver of rural development throughout the country. TechnoServe works with local entrepreneurs to launch cashew processing businesses that are able to source high-quality nuts from local growers and process them for export at higher prices. Over the next four years, Mozambique advances from processing zero cashew nuts to processing almost half of its production, making it one of the largest processors in Africa.


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My enduring reward is the work itself. It is in the eyes and smiles and embraces of the people we help edge toward a better life. It is in the spirit of generosity my colleagues share with me. It is in the learning and insight I get from listening to our clients.
Chairman, TechnoServe

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