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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TechnoServe celebrates its 20th anniversary with a campaign to end world hunger

Twenty years after launching its first project supporting a milling business in Honduras, TechnoServe now has 180 employees, 9 country platforms, and an operating budget of $7 million. TechnoServe launches a campaign called the World Harvest Fund, which is overseen by a council of leaders committed to overcoming world hunger, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara.

TechnoServe partners to help thousands of rural youth create employment opportunities in East Africa

TechnoServe and The Mastercard Foundation partner to help rural young women and men in East Africa transition to economic independence through TechnoServe’s flagship youth program, Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE). By equipping youth with the skills and knowledge to capitalize on economic opportunities and increase their incomes, the project’s first four-year phase helps more than 15,500 young women and men to gain or create gainful employment, increasing their incomes by an average of 133 percent. By 2014 the project begins working with institutional partners such as vocational schools, universities, civil society organizations, and prisons – entities that routinely reach thousands of young people, and can continue training activities well after STRYDE’s official end.

TechnoServe is founded

After a year of volunteer service in Adidome, Ghana, Ed Bullard is captivated by the spirit and character of the Ghanaian people. With $15,000 and a desk in a New York City office building, he founds TechnoServe on a commitment “to promote – in the underdeveloped areas of the world – the establishment of viable commercial and industrial enterprises, which will most directly meet the needs of low-income groups for economic well-being and an improved standard of living.”

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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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