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 provides support to enterprises in five countries

TechnoServe, which is now operating on a budget over $1 million, begins operations in El Salvador and is now providing technical support to five countries across Africa and Latin America. Staff begin to expand services to larger enterprises across diverse sectors in an effort to generate greater impact for more people in the communities where they work.

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.

TechnoServe and partners win the P3 Impact Award

Project Nurture is honored with the prestigious P3 Impact Award, which recognizes the world’s most innovative and impactful public-private partnerships. A collaboration between TechnoServe, Coca-Cola and the Gates Foundation, Project Nurture developed an innovative shared value solution to challenges in East Africa’s fruit market.

TechnoServe’s Dickson Mbando, Program Director for Project Nurture, accepts the P3 Impact Award at the Concordia Summit on September 20, 2016.


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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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