Photo of the Week: Sweet Success in Peru
May 03, 2013
In the Peruvian Amazon, TechnoServe is helping a rural entrepreneur grow her business nationally and expand into new markets.
Elizabeth Gómez Flores (right) prepares chocolates in her production room in Tarapoto, Peru. Elizabeth launched her business, NATIVOS, in 2011 to take advantage of the local supply of high-quality cocoa. She applied to TechnoServe’s Idea Tu Empresa business plan competition, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and was selected as one of 20 finalists to receive assistance from a TechnoServe consultant to implement her idea and access new markets and sources of financing.
With TechnoServe’s assistance, Elizabeth built a small production plant, promoted her brand and increased her sales fivefold. Today, NATIVOS is on a sustainable path of growth. Learn more about our work with Elizabeth.
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