East Africa

Athanasie with two of her daughters.

Rebuilding in Rwanda: The Power of a Mother’s Love

Surviving time in a refugee camp, but then losing her husband to malaria, Athanasie and her family returned to Rwanda to farm coffee. As a single parent, she was worried about how she would survive. With the training she received from TechnoServe, Athanasie worked hard to create a healthy and prosperous future for her family – one coffee tree at a time.

Agriculture, Coffee, Women's Economic Empowerment
Coffee, Coffee farming, Women's Economic Empowerment

How A Young Ugandan Woman Breaks Gender Barriers in a Job Dominated by Men: “I Have to Put in Double the Effort”

Ruth Nabatanzi couldn’t afford to stay in school, and struggled to make ends meet. After a TechnoServe training, she launched a career as a welder, an unusual occupation for women in her country. Now she is earning significantly more income – and breaking gender stereotypes.

Women's Economic Empowerment
Local Economic Development, Skills training, Women in business, Women's Economic Empowerment

In Ethiopia, Better Farm Practices Help Coffee Farmers Prosper

Eight years ago, Fedila Hussein and Mustafa Tesfaye struggled to earn a living from coffee. Their coffee trees were old and were not producing enough to cover the living expenses of their family of six. After participating in a TechnoServe program, Fedila and Mustafa learned important techniques to improve their coffee yields. Today, their farm is flourishing, and they have seen a 23-fold increase in their coffee production.

Agriculture, Coffee