9 Stories That Inspired Us in 2013

December 16, 2013

We revisit some favorite moments from a year of business solutions to poverty.

In 2013, TechnoServe’s work continued to expand and evolve, and the enterprising people we work with continued to drive change in their communities. Here are some highlights from the past year.

Geister Cachique and his neighbors in Peru began working with TechnoServe in 2011 to improve their cocoa farming practices. Today, Geister’s productivity has doubled.

Simon Winter, our senior vice president for development, visited a youth development program in Kenya and discovered the entrepreneurial spirit of young women like Alice Micere.

Mala Giridhar launched Chetana to provide opportunities to people with mental disabilities. With training from TechnoServe, she’s making it a sustainable enterprise.

NPR correspondent Gregory Warner visited Duromina, a coffee cooperative in Ethiopia, and learned how its farmers are producing some of the best coffee in Africa with TechnoServe’s assistance.

As part of a series on Project Nurture, our regional director for East Africa explained how open communication and proper planning allowed the partnership to create sustainable change for more than 50,000 small-scale fruit farmers.

On International Women’s Day, we visited a thriving small business that’s providing economic opportunities for single mothers in Kampala, Uganda.

TechnoServe is working with McDonald’s to support smallholder coffee producers in Guatemala. Meet participating farmer Sandra Lopez.

Inspired by his volunteer consulting experience with TechnoServe, Aditya Gupta launched a nonprofit that is working to address the issue of violence against women in India.

What happens when a gourmet U.S. chocolate maker wants to source cocoa beans from Honduran farmers? Sustainable business.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Cocoa: Bringing Forests and Farmers Together in Peru

Cocoa: Bringing Forests and Farmers Together in Peru

In San Martin, the Apahuit cooperative is working alongside TechnoServe and their farmer members to implement simple, ecofriendly techniques that boost their cocoa yields, improve incomes, and fight deforestation.

She is Capable: Boosting Business and Savings in Mozambique

She is Capable: Boosting Business and Savings in Mozambique

TechnoServe’s Business Women Connect program has helped Mozambican women improve their businesses and increase access to savings. This impact can be seen in a new short film titled “She is Capable”.

Lasting Impact Spotlight: Bhawarlal Sharma

Lasting Impact Spotlight: Bhawarlal Sharma

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants who were previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed.