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
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.
With the financial support from Gevalia and the Kraft Heinz Company, TechnoServe is working with smallholder coffee farmers in the departments of El Paraíso and Intibucá to increase the quantity and improve the quality of Honduran coffee in a way that creates additional value for smallholder farmers at the origin of the value chain.
The three-year Sustainable Agricultural Improvement project (Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible, or MAS, in Spanish) targets small and medium-scale coffee and bean farmers in the central region of Honduras. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, the project supports the Honduran government's national development plan and agriculture sector strategy.
TechnoServe worked with various cocoa and coffee industry stakeholders to help Honduran farmers and processors cater to the growing worldwide demand for specialty coffee and fine cocoa. TechnoServe-led technical and business training helped farmer cooperatives improve their crop quality and market access, generating higher incomes and creating many new jobs.
Building on a model that has been successfully implemented in other countries in Central America, TechnoServe and its local partners ran a periodic business plan competition, Idea Tu Empresa, in Honduras to help entrepreneurs turn their good ideas into thriving businesses. Eight winners received cash prizes to implement and grow their businesses.
Beekeeping is one of the major livelihood activities in the departments of Colón and Ocotepeque, providing income and other benefits like food, nutrition and medicine. TechnoServe is promoting sustainable beekeeping in these communities by organizing groups of beekeepers and providing business training and consulting.
Approximately 98,000 Garífuna people live in Honduras, mostly concentrated on the North Coast. TechnoServe provided technical and business development assistance to 1groups of Garifuna women, representing 300 members, to improve cassava productivity and processing.
In Intibucá, TechnoServe helped a group of indigenous women of Lenca ethnicity cultivate and sell ornamental flowers through the Floricultura El Clavel cooperative. Between 2009-2012, the 12 members of the cooperative learned crucial business skills and agronomic practices, and accessed funding and a growing market.
TechnoServe is currently executing a $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress project to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade in bean and specialty coffee for 27,000 smallholder farmers in the departments of Yoro, Comayagua, Olancho, Francisco Morazán and El Paraíso.