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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El Salvador’s agrarian reform provides challenges and opportunities for rural development

After a decade-long civil war, El Salvador’s government begins distributing large land holdings to farmer cooperatives, creating an urgent need for management advice and training. TechnoServe works with cooperatives like Plan de Amayo to create profitable enterprises with the potential to offer a sustainable, peaceful future for El Salvador’s rural communities.

John Caron is elected Chairman

John Caron, a founding member of TechnoServe’s Board of Directors since 1970, is elected as the organization’s Chairman. During his tenure from 1978 to 1992, the organization expands from four countries to 13, and annual revenue grows from $1.4 million to $7.3 million.

John was a tireless advocate for rigorous impact measurement. John also was a founding member of the Audit Committee, providing critical oversight of TechnoServe’s financial management.

John retired in 2015 after 46 years of service on the Board. To honor John and his many important contributions, TechnoServe created the John B. Caron Impact Award, awarded each year to the TechnoServe country program that generated the greatest amount of financial benefits for our clients.

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TechnoServe receives the Presidential End Hunger Award

The award, which is granted by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the White House, honors “American citizens and institutions that have made significant contributions to the goal of a world without hunger.”


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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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