Catalyzing Economic Growth in Mining Communities

TechnoServe is implementing two programs in Brazil with the global mining company Anglo American, forming part of a collaboration between the company and the organization across five countries. The two programs are aligned with the Anglo American Socio-Economic Development strategy to drive benefits for the governments and communities that host their mining operations, taking a market systems approach to creating prosperity through enterprise development. The first program, Crescer, takes place in the area of influence surrounding the Minas-Rio mine (Minas Gerais State). The pilot phase is delivering business advisory services to more than 215 rural and urban enterprises. Within 12 months, the Minas-Rio program has had 2.5 times the anticipated participation, with participant satisfaction levels of 90 percent. The program has also mobilized $300,000 in long-term finance from Brazilian banks for participant businesses, and facilitated local supply contracts. The second program, Avançar, is in partnership with the Niobium and Phosphates operations of Anglo American in the Municipalities of Catalão and Ouvidor respectively, in Goiás State. This program targets over 200 participants from three different groups within the community: local businesses supplying to Anglo American, other diverse rural and urban enterprises, and young adults looking to improve their careers or start a business. Workshops and business advisory services begin in early 2015.