In Brazil – South America's largest country, with a population of 200 million – nearly one in every ten people lives in poverty. While positive demographic shifts are building momentum with millions of Brazilians entering the middle class, many families remain vulnerable to even small economic shocks within unstable livelihoods and local economies. 

While inequality threatens Brazil’s future, its strong private sector represents an asset for inclusive economic growth. The Brazilian public sector and civil society have the capacity to identify and replicate successful models for development, and TechnoServe is well-placed to help create public-private partnerships that demonstrate measurable, sustainable improvements to people’s lives. For more than five years, TechnoServe has worked with leading companies across various sectors — such as Anglo American, AB Inbev, Walmart Foundation, Coopfam, and Cooxupé — to leverage the power of the private sector to catalyze a new future for Brazilian entrepreneurs, workers, and farmers. 

On The Ground



Beyond Extraction

TechnoServe, Anglo American, and the Inter-American Development Bank are collaborating in a regional public-private partnership to catalyze locally adapted economic development for communities surrounding Anglo American’s mining operations in Brazil, Chile, and Peru.


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Catalyzing Economic Growth in Mining Communities

In 2014, TechnoServe partnered with Anglo American to implement the Avançar program, an initiative to bolster economic growth around Anglo American’s Niobium, Phosphates, and Nickel operations in Barro Alto, Goiás State. By the project’s end in 2016, this program supported more than 150 participants from three different groups within the community: local businesses supplying to Anglo American, other rural and urban businesses, and young adults looking to launch their careers or their own enterprises. Through targeted training in key business skills, participants – more than half of whom were women – were able to increase their revenues by an average of 16 percent in spite of a nation-wide economic downturn. Over the next three years, these burgeoning businesses are projected to further produce approximately $5 million, further strengthening their local economies.


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Blog Posts

April 12, 2017

Pioneering Strategies: From Cheese Production to Market Systems

Building on past successes has helped TechnoServe's Crescer program and the entrepreneurs it supports to improve strategies for stronger community economies.

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May 8, 2012

Partnership Creates New Source of Income for Farmers in Brazil

In the south of the Brazilian state of Bahia, three organizations are uniting to implement an economic development project that is generating benefits for 60 farmers who live on settlements created after agrarian reform.

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October 13, 2011

Finding Value in Waste

The great Peter Drucker once said, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” The story of Liset and Ximena Contreras embodies this quote and much more.

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Mônica Coutinho

Country Manager