Photo of the Week: Our Founder

June 10, 2011

TechnoServe founder Ed Bullard stands in a rice field in Rwanda with a member of TechnoServe's staff.

TechnoServe founder Ed Bullard and employee stand in rice field in Rwanda

TechnoServe founder Ed Bullard stands in a rice field with a member of TechnoServe's staff. Ed, a Connecticut businessman, had moved with his family to Ghana in the 1960s to volunteer at a rural hospital. During his time there, Ed was struck by how difficult it was for hardworking people in the area to lift themselves out of poverty.

So in 1968, he founded TechnoServe — a shortening of "technology in the service of mankind" — to help provide poor people with the skills and tools needed to improve their productivity and transform their lives.

Ed's work was guided by two core principles: the power of private enterprise to transform lives, and the value of providing a hand up rather than a handout. Forty-three years later, Ed's vision still guides TechnoServe's work each day.

Learn more about our history.

 

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