Colombia

Overview

Despite ongoing civil problems and a poverty rate of nearly 40 percent, Colombia boasts several products that are in global high demand, including coffee.

TechnoServe is working with smallholder coffee growers to build capacity, improve production practices and increase yields and sales. We are also helping Colombia's entrepreneurs to develop business ideas that translate into sustainable opportunities for people at the base of the pyramid through our successful business plan competition model.

Impact

TechnoServe supported 1,260 Colombian smallholder coffee growers improve farming practices and increase revenue. And in 2012, TechnoServe concluded a successful four-year program to support and foster entrepreneurship in six South American countries. In Colombia, TechnoServe helped 101 entrepreneurs generate more than $3.2 million in increased sales and 832 jobs through business plan competition and start-up consulting.

Stories

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.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Building New and Better Businesses

The Andean Business Plan Competition focused on building entrepreneurial capacity across six countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. TechnoServe guided more than 929 entrepreneurs as they put their plans into action, establishing 538 businesses in fields as diverse as health, horticulture, recycling and tourism. The five-year program, completed in 2012, has generated 3,300 new jobs in the region, impacting thousands of families.

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Improving Colombia’s Coffee Sector

Building off our previous work in the Colombian coffee industry, TechnoServe continues to explore new ways to support the country’s small producers. Through a diagnostic study, we are researching opportunities to improve the coffee milling process and to share our experience and learnings with even more farmers.

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Nespresso

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A Good Cup of Coffee

TechnoServe provided technical assistance and worked alongside 1,260 small coffee growers in Colombia’s Caldas region as they improved the quality of their crops and their earnings. With our corporate partner Nespresso, we provided training and helped producers install coffee drying facilities, to grow coffee produced under socially equitable conditions and reach new markets.

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Nespresso

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Increasing the Adoption of Centralized Coffee Wetmills

The Huila Central Mill Project is a two-year program that will a pilot a sustainable and replicable wetmill model for Colombia. By demonstrating the economic viability of centralized wetmilling, the project aims to influence coffee farmers to transition from in-farm wetmills to centralized wetmills. The Central Mill pilot will work with approximately 350 coffee-growing families and will work to strengthen the producer business group that will own the mill.

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Nespresso

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Blog Posts

July 27, 2012

Photo of the Week: Natural Beauty and Business in Colombia

The natural beauty of Colombia’s Nuquí region makes it a wonderful destination for tourists.

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May 9, 2012

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

How can we stimulate entrepreneurship in the developing world? For TechnoServe, this is more than just a theoretical question. We believe that competitive businesses are the key to ending global poverty. And growing such businesses begins with entrepreneurs.

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November 16, 2011

Colombian Women Take Tourism Business to Next Level

Entrepreneurs recognize the resources that are available to them. In the case of Josefina Klinger and Angelica Valencia, that resource was the beauty and biodiversity of their native Nuquí region on Colombia’s Pacific coast. In 2006, the women founded a partnership of small tourism providers called Mano Cambiada.

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Contact

TechnoServe Colombia

Calle 69 no. 6-20
Bogotá, Colombia

Tel: +57 320 5211425

Catalina Robledo

Country Manager
crobledo@tns.org

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