Peru

Overview

Peru has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade, with poverty levels dropping from 55 to 26 percent and an expanding urban middle class. However, over half of the rural population still lives below the poverty line and lacks basic services.

Since 1982, TechnoServe has helped businesses in a range of industries that have the potential to grow and create jobs and opportunity for thousands of people. We work on fostering close relationships between the private sector (large and small businesses), the government, local organizations and the greater community — creating a replicable model of inclusive local economic development.

Impact

In 2012, TechnoServe worked with more than 7,000 farmers and 49 enterprises, generating $770,000 in additional income.

Stories

Sustainable Support for Smallholder Farmers in Peru

Geister Cachique has doubled his cocoa productivity since participating in TechnoServe trainings.

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Peruvian Woman Turns Idea into Successful Chocolate Business

In the Peruvian Amazon, TechnoServe is helping a rural entrepreneur grow her business nationally and expand into new markets.

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Bolstering Entrepreneurs in Peru

Through participation in TechnoServe/Peru’s business plan competition, three entrepreneurs have developed a product which benefits both the producers and buyers of animal feed.

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Developing Communities Around Mining Businesses

TechnoServe has helped a range of small enterprises in Peruvian mining communities to grow their businesses and access new markets.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Promoting Economic Development in San Martín, Huanuco and Ucayali

The Economic Development Alliance for San Martín aims to accelerate the transition of the San Martín region of Peru into a sustainable, legal and prosperous economy, increasing employment and incomes while promoting good stewardship of natural resources. In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other public and private partners, the program promotes good agricultural practices among cocoa and coffee growers in the region. TechnoServe will help develop these industries and link farmers to better-paying markets. The program also includes a business plan competition that will identify high-potential entrepreneurs who can develop successful businesses related to cocoa and coffee.

After three years of successful execution, the program has extended its area of focus to the Huanuco and Ucayali regions. In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the PIMCO Foundation, the Peru Opportunity Fund and other public and private partners, the program promotes good agricultural practices among cocoa and coffee growers in the region. TechnoServe is helping develop these industries and organizing farmers to access better paying markets. The program also includes a business accelerator that identifies entrepreneurs who can develop successful businesses related to cocoa and coffee.

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Strengthening Capacity for Exports

TechnoServe is implementing Región Exportadora, which aims to encourage exports by strengthening the Network of Trade Support Institutions. This program trains advisors on key subjects to help them provide export-management support to producer organizations, small-scale producers and those with export potential. The Región Exportadora program seeks to establish regional trade that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

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Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises

TechnoServe aims to support the sustainable development of the Moquegua region, an area that is expected to grow significantly with the expansion of the mining sector. The current project, executed in partnership with USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program and with Anglo American, aims to strengthen two Chambers of Commerce in order to foster a strong network of local businesses and provide mentorship to local enterprises that have potential to become suppliers to the mining companies.

TechnoServe led a strategic planning process for the two Chambers of Commerce, focused on growth and new service development. Upon finalizing the design phase, TechnoServe is providing accompaniment and strategic advisory to the Chambers. After seven months of implementation, leveraging their strengthened value proposition, the Chambers have quickly expanded their member base by 40 percent. Meanwhile, 19 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been selected for advisory and after six months they have signed contracts with 10 new clients and increased sales by 10 percent.

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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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Blog Posts

February 13, 2014

From Coca to Cocoa: Growing Sweet Prosperity in Peru

TechnoServe’s Simon Winter visits Peru and discovers a burgeoning cocoa industry.

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September 13, 2013

Photo of the Week: Cocoa Transforms a Peruvian Community

For Geister Cachique and other farmers in Las Mercedes, cocoa represents a prosperous and sustainable future.

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June 28, 2013

Photo of the Week: New Prosperity from Cocoa in Peru

Farmers in Peru are learning improved practices and earning higher prices for their cocoa.

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Contact

TechnoServe Peru

Av Larco No. 724 - Of. 602
Miraflores
Lima, Peru

Tel: +51 1 4444257
Fax: +511 719 3507 ext. 106

Enrique Stiglich

Country Director
estiglich@tns.org