Our monthly photo series highlights the beauty and emotion in the lives of our clients around the world. Here are some of the most memorable photos that we shared this year through our photo series.

Kellogg (World Food Day) stills

A family in India sits down to eat a meal. Around the world, more than enough food is produced to feed the global population. However, it’s estimated that as many as 828 million people still go hungry every day. Learn more by taking our World Food Day quiz.

Ermelinda Cumbe an agent at M-Pesa, Africa‘s most successful mobile money service and the region’s largest fintech platform. She also earns income through her own business, a grocery street stall where she sells basic necessities. TechnoServe is working with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to help entrepreneurs like Ermelinda find long-term success through a “market systems” approach: the Women in Business (WIN) project. TechnoServe worked with was MZ Nyeleti, a Mozambican start-up organization, which acts as a super-agent for M-Pesa. The start-up provides float to M-Pesa agents in a city located in southern Mozambique called Inhambane. Through MZ Nyeleti, Ermelinda began taking classes on business management and learned how the start-up could attract customers to her own business. She then joined a WhatsApp group with other women entrepreneurs, where they share motivation and entrepreneurial tips on how to manage their businesses.

Ermelinda Cumbe, 39, proudly stands in front of her business, a grocery stall where she sells basic necessities in Mozambique. Working with TechnoServe, Ermelinda began taking classes on business management and learned how to attract more customers to her enterprise. 

In 2022, Ashley Thompson visited several coffee farmers in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico to see their recovery since Hurricane Maria, which took place five years prior. The farmers included Agueda Ortiz, Rafael Rodriguez and his wife Joanna Rodriguez and their children Ariana Vanessa and Emily Rose, and Jose Roman.

A truck sits in the sun on Rafael Rodriguez’s farm in Puerto Rico. Rafael is one of many coffee farmers TechnoServe has worked with following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria–work that continues in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.

A group of women who are a part of Technoserve's kitchen garden program, pose for a group portrait in a kitchen garden in Bamanwali village, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India on October 24th, 2016. Non-profit organisation Technoserve works with farmer's wives in Bikaner, providing technical support and training for edible gardening, to improve the nutritional quality of their food and relieve financial stress on farming communities. Photograph by Suzanne Lee for Technoserve

Women farmers in Bikaner, India show off crops from their gardens, which for many represent a rare source of independent income

Duromina - 2017

In southwestern Ethiopia, over 100 coffee farmers banded together to form the Duromina cooperative. Together with TechnoServe, they took their coffee from notoriously low-quality to being named the “Best in Africa.”–a story NPR News called “the Cinderella of Coffee.”

Delly Neyra Portocarrero (cacao), Santa Cruz Community, San José de Sisa, San Martín, Perú.

Three women in the San Martín region of Peru show off cacao pods from their farms. In what was once a hotspot of narcotrafficking, alternative crops like coffee and cacao are now transforming residents’ lives for the better.

Severina Paul Mwakateba, who works with TechnoServe to improve her fortified flour business in Tanzania, greets her son upon his return from school

Coffee farmers in the Michiti cooperative who previously participated in TechnoServe's Coffee Initiative program. Taken March 2020.

A child in Kaffa, Ethiopia peeks out the doorway as her father discusses his participation in a TechnoServe coffee program that helped dramatically improve farmer income.

Rosa Gonzales is surrounded by dragonfruit on her small farm in Matapalo, Nicaragua, where she works with TechnoServe to improve her crop yields and resilience amid the increasing impacts of climate change.