Nicaragua

Overview

Although Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, its geography and natural resources are favorable for accessing both regional and international markets. The country’s growing economy is based largely in agriculture and tourism, with the financial industry starting to take root.

Since 1976, TechnoServe has been helping smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua access formal markets, improve product quality, manage businesses, boost profits and become competitive. TechnoServe also works with entrepreneurs across various industries, providing business training, advice and support through several entrepreneurship development programs.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Ganadería Empresarial

Ganadería Empresarial (GANE) aimed to improve the livelihoods of smallholder livestock producers in Nicaragua. With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, TechnoServe helped 5,500 farmers increase productivity, strengthen producer organizations and connect to higher-value markets.
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Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and training. Since its launch in 2012, the program business has increased the sales of over 1,400 businesses by $48 million and generated 1,600 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso.
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Sustainable Supply Chains for Sorghum

In partnership with the Cargill Foundation, TechnoServe launched the IMPULSOR project in 2014. The IMPULSOR project is increasing productivity and competitiveness of Sorghum farms in Nicaragua, educating the participating farmers in agricultural and business best practices. The project is targeting 400 small farmers in Cargill’s sorghum supply chain.

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Better Coffee Harvest

Coffee is one of the most important economic activities for rural families in many parts of Central America. The Better Coffee Harvest (COSECHA) project is a four-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the J.M. Smucker Company and the PIMCO Foundation to reduce poverty and increase farm sales for coffee farmers in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The project seeks to train 6,000 smallholders to improve productivity, quality, farm management and financial literacy; increase farm revenues by 25 percent; and build the capacity of local organizations such as cooperatives, exporters and trade associations to boost long-term productivity and facilitate financing. Since launching in 2014, the project has trained more than 7,570 farmers – 27 percent of whom are women – and established 128 coffee demonstration plots to be used for training purposes.
 

Supporting Women Business Groups

TechnoServe is implementing a two-year initiative that targets women in women’s business groups (WBGs) who are currently working in value addition or commercialization. The program combines one-on-one business consulting with linkage to finance, markets and technical expertise to provide the women with the skills, assets and social capital they need to reach their full potential as economic actors and leaders. WGBs also participate in financial literacy and leadership training, team-building exercises and network building. The approach is expected to improve the participants’ economic success, social position and household bargaining power. To date, 903 women have participated in the trainings, and the program has helped 25 WBGs generate more than $196,000 in incremental revenue.

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Promoting Cocoa Production

In Southern Nicaragua, TechnoServe is executing a cocoa project in partnership with the PIMCO Foundation to support a group of 100 farmers, the majority of whom are women. The project aims to generate incomes for poor families by giving them the opportunity to produce fine cocoa to sell to national and international buyers. Farmers are also generating additional income by producing and selling coconuts for local markets.

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PIMCO Foundation

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Blog Posts

March 19, 2018

Female Workforces Can Revolutionize Latin American Business. Here’s How.

In an article for the World Economic Forum, TechnoServe's Program Director for Central America Entrepreneurship discusses ways to engage entrepreneurs in practices that not only benefit women workeres and suppliers, but help solve some of the most common issues facing small and medium businesses.

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March 8, 2018

Better Data and a Better Future for Women in Coffee

Olga Velasquez is TechnoServe’s Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for the Better Coffee Harvests Program in Central America. For International Women’s Day, we talked with her about her experience as a woman at TechnoServe, and why good data is important for creating stronger, more gender-inclusive coffee economies.

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June 1, 2017

Got Milk? An Unexpected Change-Maker in the Fight Against Poverty

It’s World Milk Day, and we at TechnoServe want to celebrate the important role that dairy animals and products can play in lifting communities out of poverty.

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Contact

TechnoServe Nicaragua

Kilómetro 8.5 Carretera Sur, Nejapa
Entrada a Reparto Puerta de Hierro, Casa Grande No. 2
Managua, Nicaragua

Tel. +505 2271 3369 / 70
 

Ryan Bathrick

Country Director 
rbathrick@tns.org

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