Photo of the Week: Real, Sustainable Impact

July 26, 2013

Improved farming and business practices are transforming the lives of coffee producers in western Ethiopia.

Employees and members of the Shegole coffee farming cooperative in western Ethiopia examine records outside of the cooperative's office. In 2009, TechnoServe helped the cooperative obtain a loan to upgrade its wet mill, allowing farmers to produce high-quality coffee. As part of the Coffee Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TechnoServe also helped Shegole improve its financial management practices and connect to buyers. With higher productivity, a business mindset and access to markets, Shegole members have boosted their incomes and contributed to improved roads and schools in the local community.

This is how an integrated approach to agricultural development creates real, sustainable impact in the lives of farming families. In 2012 alone, TechnoServe’s work helped farmers increase their revenues by $43.8 million.

Learn more in our Annual Report.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Creating Change for Mozambique’s Cashew Sector through Processing

Creating Change for Mozambique’s Cashew Sector through Processing

In only four years, Mozambique cashew farmers have planted more than 500,000 cashew seedlings, while burgeoning processing plants across the country work to connect these booming yields with premium markets.

Clean Water from the Classroom, for the Community

Clean Water from the Classroom, for the Community

While teaching TechnoServe’s entrepreneurship curriculum in their classrooms, two teachers put the lessons in action, launching a local water purification project with their students.

What Does it Look Like to Build a More Sustainable Future for Guatemala’s Coffee Farmers?

What Does it Look Like to Build a More Sustainable Future for Guatemala’s Coffee Farmers?

In the face of increasingly dynamic and challenging coffee production, small farmers in Guatemala are training to boost their skills and improve their yields and coffee incomes.