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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2003
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.”

1996
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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2013
TechnoServe and Nespresso build a more sustainable coffee industry

TechnoServe and Nespresso launch a partnership in East Africa to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers while creating a more sustainable source of supply for Nespresso. The initiative focuses on three countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan. In Ethiopia and Kenya, the partnership provides farming and business support to smallholder farmers and helps build stronger supply chain linkages. In South Sudan, the effort focuses on helping farmers to rebuild the coffee industry after decades of conflict. Over its first four years, the partnership delivers training to more than 30,000 farmers, teaching them the skills to sustainably increase their production and improve the quality of their crop.

History

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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.
PAUL E. TIERNEY, JR.
Chairman, TechnoServe

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