Botswana is widely recognized a success story of development, with impressive economic growth and good governance. However, the country still suffers from high levels of poverty, inequality and economic uncertainty due to a heavy reliance on the diamond industry.

TechnoServe’s work in Botswana supports the country’s entrepreneurs, who play an increasingly important role in diversifying the economy. TechnoServe provides training and mentoring services to micro, small and medium enterprises, which create much needed jobs. We are also working to establish successful partnerships with leading organizations in the country to ensure long-term sustainability and growth.

On The Ground



Tokafala: Building Strong Businesses in Botswana

As diamond reserves in Botswana dwindle, the country's entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly leading role in creating new jobs and diversifying the economy. An enterprise development program called Tokafala. The Tokafala program focuses on fostering the growth of small and growing businesses in Botswana by helping them overcome the challenge many entrepreneurs face in the country. The three year program, an Anglo American and TechnoServe collaboration, will support over 230 micro, small and medium enterprises (SMMEs), supporting over 2,000 jobs. Since 2014, Tokafala has provided advisory and and mentorship support to a total of 216 SMMEs, supporting over 1,700 jobs. The project has successfully established a business hub, and has developed strong partnerships with leading organizations, such as the Chamber of Mines’ Business Development Forum, Debswana’s Supply Chain and a number of commercial banks to provide mentorship and advisory services to local SMMEs.

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April 30, 2015

Beyond Diamonds: Building Businesses in Botswana

A public-private partnership is helping Botswana's entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create sustainable jobs in their communities.

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Rob Wiggins

Tokafala Program Director