Blog

TechnoServe’s blog highlights the lessons and successes from our work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.

A landscape in Puerto Rico

3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Coffee Farmers Rebuild in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017, many coffee farmers saw their life’s work disappear overnight. The storm destroyed over 80% of the island’s coffee trees, leaving farmers with little income and the daunting task of rebuilding. Since then, TechnoServe and its partners have teamed up to help restore the island’s coffee industry and support thousands of farmers.

Agriculture, Coffee
Moureen Nakisozi practices her welding skills outside of Kampala, Uganda

In Uganda, Meet the Woman Excelling in a Male-Dominated Industry

Young women in Uganda can face significant challenges as they seek employment outside of the home. Moureen Nakisozi had always dreamed of becoming a welder but struggled to make that dream a reality without the necessary training. After joining a TechnoServe program, she was matched with a mentor and received the business and technical skills she needed to start her welding career.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment
Elisabeth Atchade lives in Benin with her husband and four children

Addressing Gender-Specific Challenges for Women Cashew Farmers in Benin

For women and girls in the developing world, COVID-19 is exacerbating existing inequities and creating new challenges. In Benin, women cashew farmers like Elisabeth Atchade must juggle many responsibilities, including earning money for the household while also taking on the majority of child care responsibilities. Learn how a TechnoServe program is helping women address these challenges and emerge from the crisis even stronger.

Agriculture, Cashews, COVID-19, Women's Economic Empowerment