Stories

Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. Read their stories.

Innovating on the Farm

After completing TechnoServe's STRYDE program, Arnest Sebbumba is expanding operations on his family farm in Uganda and sowing the seeds of youth empowerment in his community.

Three Years Later, Crafts Business Thrives in India

Chetana, a 2009 TechnoServe business plan competition winner in southern India, is creating meaningful economic opportunities for disabled people in the community.

A New Boost for Entrepreneurs in Central America and Africa

TechnoServe is supporting the growth of an innovative textile manufacturing company and hundreds of other small and growing businesses.

Supporting Enterprising Women with Training in Uganda

In Uganda, a group of enterprising women are building a business that’s creating new opportunities for young, single mothers.

Entrepreneur Launches Business to Protect Ecuador’s Orchids

A baby orchid company protects biodiversity while creating new opportunities for young Ecuadorians.

Peruvian Woman Turns Idea into Successful Chocolate Business

In the Peruvian Amazon, TechnoServe is helping a rural entrepreneur grow her business nationally and expand into new markets.

Sisters Find New Value from Waste in Bolivia

Where others saw an environmental nuisance, Liset and Ximena Contreras saw a business opportunity.

Colombian Women Take Tourism Business to Next Level

Colombia’s Nuquí region abuts the Pacific Ocean, in an area where the sea meets lush mangrove-forested foothills, making it a hotbed of animal and plant biodiversity.

Chilean Business Turns Waste Into Sustainable Incomes

In Santiago, TechnoServe is helping a burgeoning small business to provide the local industry with low-cost raw materials – and at the same time protect and preserve the natural environment.

Guatemalan Woman’s Entrepreneurial Drive Revives a Community

A TechnoServe-supported entrepreneur is bringing jobs and opportunity to poor women in rural Guatemalan community.

Moving Towards Profitability

TechnoServe-assisted Nyala Dairy is targeting training programs at local women to improve farming techniques and raise incomes.

Running a Business Empowers Guatemalan Women

Selling products made from an abundant natural resource generates incomes - and a new world of opportunities - for a group of rural women.