Photo of the Week: Higher Yields and Healthier Families

November 11, 2011

Jackeline Mukandori, 41, tends about 1,000 trees on her coffee farm in Rwanda’s Nyanza district. Through TechnoServe’s agronomy training, Jackeline has learned how to apply fertilizer, prune her trees, manage pests and other critical skills for improving the quality and quantity of her coffee.

Jackeline Mukandori, 41, tends about 1,000 trees on her coffee farm in Rwanda’s Nyanza district. Through TechnoServe’s agronomy training, Jackeline has learned how to apply fertilizer, prune her trees, manage pests and other critical skills for improving the quality and quantity of her coffee.

As a result, her yields have grown from 90 kilograms in 2010 to 295 kilograms in 2011. Her profits have nearly tripled. With the extra income, Jackeline has been able to open a bank account and begin saving some of her profits. She has bought a cow that is providing milk for her family. And Jackeline has purchased health insurance for herself and her seven children, which helped her get treatment for her son when he contracted malaria.

TechnoServe has helped create these types of improvements for tens of thousands of farmers across the region. Read more about our work with coffee farmers throughout East Africa.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Eliminating Waste, Increasing Profits

Eliminating Waste, Increasing Profits

In central Kenya, the Kambiti East Mango Self Help Group is using clean energy drying technology to reduce post-harvest waste and access new markets for a stronger community economy.

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs

A newly released report by Emory University and TechnoServe shows that carefully designed accelerator programs can facilitate revenue growth.

Measuring Lasting Change for Coffee Farmers

Measuring Lasting Change for Coffee Farmers

Five years after completing a project to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers in Rwanda and Ethiopia, TechnoServe asked researchers to return to participating communities and evaluate our lasting impact.