Bolivia

Overview

Bolivia has long been among the poorest and least-developed nations in Latin America. Despite having substantial mineral wealth, a staggering two-thirds of its people live below the poverty line.

In rural areas the numbers in poverty are higher still. To improve the quality of life for Bolivians at the bottom of the economic pyramid, TechnoServe introduced its successful business plan competition model. The program helped the country's nascent entrepreneurs turn good ideas into thriving small and medium businesses that generated jobs and new markets while also increasing the supply of high-quality, affordable goods and services. The Andean-wide business plan competition supported businesses in the fields of recycling, energy, food, health, housing, basic services and IT.

Impact

TechnoServe has helped 929 entrepreneurs across South America generate more than $16 million in sales through business plan competitions and start-up advice. As part of this program, 60 Bolivian entrepreneurs received tailored business consulting from TechnoServe.

Stories

Sisters Find New Value from Waste in Bolivia

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

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Building New and Better Businesses

TechnoServe introduced its successful business plan competition model to help Bolivia's up-and-coming entrepreneurs turn good ideas into thriving, growth-oriented businesses. The program focuses on small and medium businesses that benefit people at the bottom of the economic pyramid by generating jobs and markets while also increasing the supply of high-quality, affordable goods and services. There will also be an emphasis on businesses in the fields of tourism, agriculture, health, housing, basic services and information technology. Business plan competitions have been proven to cultivate and foster innovation and new business ideas. TechnoServe also provides after-care services to its business plan competition participants and winners, as well as seed capital for the projects that create the highest social impact.

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Blog Posts

March 23, 2012

Photo of the Week: Sisters Turn Innovative Idea into Business

Sisters Liset (center) and Ximena Contreras of Bolivia developed an idea to turn shells from Brazil nuts into fuel pellets. With help from a TechnoServe business plan competition, the Contreras sisters launched a business, PelletBol, to commercialize their idea.

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Contact

TechnoServe Bolivia

Catalina Robledo

Country Manager, Colombia
crobledo@tns.org

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