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 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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TechnoServe boosts exports in Guatemala

TechnoServe opens country platforms in Guatemala and Nigeria, expanding operations to a total of 13 countries. In Guatemala, TechnoServe helps open the Flor Patzuner cooperative, supporting them to turn a profit of $20,000 through the export of nearly 500,000 of snow peas.

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.


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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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