Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.
- Where We Work
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d’Ivoire
- El Salvador
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- South Africa
- South Sudan
Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 850 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring and business training, the program aims to increase sales by $25 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young women and men in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Launched in late 2014, TechnoServe is implementing a business plan competition program, with funding from the World Bank and working in conjunction with the Government of Benin, to create jobs by strengthening formal small and medium enterprises, with a focus on the high-potential industries of transportation, construction and agribusiness.
Despite a high volume of of entrepreneurial activity, Ghana has a low rate of success in transforming small enterprises into larger, more productive companies, which can help to promote economic growth and create jobs. In 2013 with support from DFID, TechnoServe launched the Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) project to support 1,000 small and growing businesses in Ghana over four and a half years.
Unemployment in Côte d’Ivoire has strongly increased over the past 14 years due to political and economic instability in the country, and women have faced particular challenges in finding employment. TechnoServe, in partnership with the Citi Foundation and Prosuma, the country’s largest retail distribution network, are working to foster low income female entrepreneurs.
TechnoServe and Unilever are working in partnership to develop a new concept for sustainable water provision by piloting the concept of Sunlight Water Centers in eight peri-urban areas near Abuja.
Business development services play an important role in supporting entrepreneurship, which is critical to driving job creation and economic growth in Haiti. A partnership between TechnoServe, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Haiti, and the Inter‐American Development Bank seeks to promote the growth of the business development services industry in the country.
Latin America's youth unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. Youth face unique challenges in obtaining formal employment or becoming successful entrepreneurs. Crece Tu Empresa, TechnoServe's program in partnership with Citi Foundation is working to address the challenge of youth unemployment in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Women in developing countries often lack access to formal savings accounts, creating challenges for female entrepreneurs. TechnoServe, in partnership with Vodacom, the World Bank and the Center for Global Development, is currently implementing a $2 million, two-year program funded by ExxonMobil Foundation in Tanzania and Mozambique.
"Mom and pop” shops play a critical role in developing economies around the world. In partnership with the elea Foundation and Citi Foundation, TechnoServe is working to increase the profitability of 840 high-potential shops in Nairobi, the majority of which are women-operated or women-owned.
TechnoServe is part of a cooperative agreement with US Agency for International Development and FHI 360 for the Community Based Livelihood Development for Women and Children in Swaziland. TechnoServe has taken the lead on market promotion activities, working to identify value chains which can be further developed to benefit women, and caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC).