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fighting poverty

“This was the first time I was seeing a [pay]check in my life.”

Poverty is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better life. That’s why at TechnoServe, we empower the world’s poor to lift themselves out of poverty so that they can build a brighter future. Our work teaches people how to earn a better living and creates lasting change that transforms lives.

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Today, 700 million people live in poverty.

That’s 10% of the world’s population, who struggle to fulfill their basic needs. Our work creates opportunities for people to increase their income and build a brighter future.

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For every $1 invested in our programs, an individual gains on average $3.64 in income.

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Our market-based approach to fighting poverty is different, and it makes us more effective.

At TechnoServe, we're committed to fighting poverty to help people like this shopkeeper in Kenya

We Transform Lives, Families, and Communities

A person who works her way out of poverty can hire employees, make investments, and stimulate other local businesses. And thus the circle of prosperity grows beyond those we work with.

fighting poverty at TechnoServe looks like Two women smiling having a conversation in Chile

We're Local

More than 90% of TechnoServe’s staff members are from the country in which they work – because no one understands a community better, or has a greater stake in its success, than the people who call it home.

fighting poverty means helping smallholder farmers like these ones who survey crops on farm

We're Data Geeks

We care about what works, and so we care about good measurement. TechnoServe rigorously measures and analyzes our impact to identify what works – so we can do more of it.