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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50th Anniversary Gala

October 10, 2018
New York City

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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 Volunteer Consultant Program launches in Peru

Matthew Tierney and Eric Sillman become the first TechnoServe Fellows, formerly known as Volunteer Consultants, contributing their business skills in the field to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Over the next two decades, more than 1,000 Fellows go on to work with full-time staff on 3 to 12-month assignments to advance TechnoServe’s mission and impact.

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TechnoServe breaks ground on its first enterprise

TechnoServe helps to launch its first enterprise, a poultry feed mill in La Ceiba, Honduras. The mill allows local farmers and entrepreneurs to add value to their long-grain rice food products, improving incomes and creating new market opportunities for the community. By 1973 the mill is completely turned over to local management, who continue operations independently.


Explore some of TechnoServe's defining moments from the last 50 years.

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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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