Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the globe, with 80 percent of residents eking out a living through subsistence agriculture.

Industry is still in its infancy, and the nation is poor in natural resources. Cotton is the nation’s top cash crop, though other agricultural products, including cashews, are grown for export in increasing volumes. Unemployment is high, particularly among young people. TechnoServe and its local partners are working to drive economic growth by helping entrepreneurs build thriving businesses through mentoring, training and other support. TechnoServe is also providing critical support to the burgeoning cashew processing industry, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and provide new markets for cashew farmers.


TechnoServe has provided comprehensive technical assistance to three Burkinabé cashew processors, helping create a vibrant, competitive processing industry. These companies employ more than 1,500 people, 86 percent of whom are women. Processors have increased their production nearly 300 percent with TechnoServe’s assistance. TechnoServe also catalyzes enterprise development through a business plan competition and training program, helping more than 200 local businesses reach their growth potential.


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.

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Impulsa Tu Empresa

Supported by the Argidius Foundation, Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 800 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring, business training and business plan competitions, the program aims to increase sales by $13 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Building a Sustainable Cashew Processing Industry

TechnoServe is an implementing partner in the African Cashew Initiative, which works to increase the quantity and quality of cashews produced and processed on the continent. In Burkina Faso, TechnoServe helps processors improve and expand their operations through employee trainings, technology transfer and other critical forms of technical assistance. Participating processors receive training in food safety, quality control and other areas of operations to help them produce top-quality nuts for the growing international market. TechnoServe also helps link processors to buyers, lenders and investors.

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August 24, 2012

TechnoServe Launches Program to Boost Development of Central American and African Businesses

Some 560 small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to develop their businesses through a new entrepreneurship development program, “Impulsa Tu Empresa (Boost Your Business), that TechnoServe plans to implement in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Burkina Faso in Africa.

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Burkina Faso

Macani Toungara

Business Development Manager