Vote for the Photo of the Month: February 2023

Our monthly photo series highlights the beauty and emotion in the lives of our clients around the world.

Our monthly photo series highlights the beauty and emotion in the lives of our clients around the world.

TechnoServe’s work with people fighting poverty around the world is full of striking stories and images. Each month, we share a few of our favorite photos from the everyday beauty of our clients’ journeys towards better incomes and better futures. 

Vote for your favorite below.

Photo 1


Since 1976, TechnoServe has been helping smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua access formal markets, improve crop and product quality, manage businesses, and boost their incomes. This work wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated staff, who sometimes brave surprising obstacles to reach our clients in remote parts of the country. In this photo, community trainer Miriam Rizo Sanchez uses a makeshift raft to cross a small, shallow river for a farmers’ group training visit. (San Antonio de Quininowas community, Nicaragua.)


Photo 2

Like many cities around the globe, the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa has had to contend with pollution from plastic, paper, and other contaminants. TechnoServe is helping to address this challenge by forging a missing link in the recycling value chain: street-level collection. TechnoServe has worked with the Addis Ababa Cleaning Management Agency and disadvantaged women and youth to start 117 waste-collection micro-enterprises, which gather solid waste from across the city and sell it to the larger recycling firms. 

Here, a client stands in front of collected items for recycling. With training in waste management and business skills, she was able to start her own business and now earns nearly five times what she did before.

RELATED PRESS RELEASE: Circular Economy Initiative Tackling Pollution and Creating Jobs for Women and Youth Recognized in Addis Ababa 

Photo 3

Birju Devi, 45, a farmer's wife and participant in Technoserve's kitchen garden program, poses for a portrait at her home in Bamanwali village, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India on October 24th, 2016.

Birju Devi, 45, learned how to grow nutritious produce in her own plot of land on the family’s farm in Bamanwali village, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. These skills help feed her family in a semi-arid region of the country, where TechnoServe is working with farming families to improve their incomes and climate resilience. with women and men across rural India to promote gender-inclusive communities.  This work involves integrating a gender lens to provide tailored support for women in particular, to expand their opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. 

RELATED ARTICLE: TechnoServe’s Sustainable Guar Initiative Wins New Award for Sustainable Farming

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