East Africa

Judith Namayi Amboka speaks to a TechnoServe business advisor about the importance of supporting entrepreneurs in Kenya.

In Kenya, Entrepreneurs are Mobilizing for Impact

Micro-retailers play an important role in local communities by providing essential goods and services. However, these entrepreneurs also face numerous obstacles when running their businesses, and those challenges only became more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter Judith Namayi Amboka, a community mobilizer dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in her community access the knowledge and tools they need to thrive.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Micro-Retail
promoting gender equality in the coffee industry means empowering women farmers and small agribusiness owners

Understanding and Promoting Gender Equality in Coffee Farming

Women play an essential role in the success of small farms and agricultural businesses around the world. But despite the vital role of women farmers, they continue to face inequality and obstacles to earning a decent living. Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso, William Warshauer, CEO of TechnoServe, and Mefthe Tadesse, East Africa Regional Director for TechnoServe, discuss ways to promote gender equality in coffee farming. 

Agriculture, Coffee, Women's Economic Empowerment
Moureen Nakisozi, a woman excelling in a field often dominated by men, practices her welding skills outside of Kampala, Uganda

In Uganda, Meet the Woman Excelling in a Male-Dominated Industry

Young women in Uganda can face significant challenges as they seek employment outside of the home. Moureen Nakisozi had always dreamed of becoming a welder but struggled to make that dream a reality without the necessary training. After joining a TechnoServe program, she was matched with a mentor and received the business and technical skills she needed to start her welding career.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment
Jacinta Musyoka stands in her micro-retail shop in Nairobi, Kenya

Micro-Retailers Gain a Brighter Outlook with Access to Finance

In Kenya, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for entrepreneurs like Jacinta Musyoka to run their businesses. Without working capital, it can be difficult for many micro-retailers to restock their shops, pay rent, and put food on the table for their families. A TechnoServe program is combining financial support with technical advice to help 28,000 entrepreneurs in Kenya keep their micro-enterprises afloat and continue to serve their communities.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Micro-Retail, Women's Economic Empowerment
A group of women, all impacted by unpaid care work in their own way, gather water in Nigeria

What is Unpaid Care Work and How Does it Impact Women in the Developing World?

When the first cases of COVID-19 emerged early last year, the phrase “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” took on new meaning. But for many women around the globe, “staying home” was not a pre-pandemic choice, and it will remain a reality long after the health crisis is over. Learn how TechnoServe is working to find and implement solutions that free up time for women to pursue their economic dreams outside of the home.

Women's Economic Empowerment
youth unemployment is a widespread challlenge in Tanzania. 24-year-old Asia Abdallah sits at her house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tackling Youth Unemployment Through Entrepreneurship and Skills Training

In Tanzania, young people like Asia Abdallah often face an uphill battle when entering the job market. With few formal sector jobs available, many turn to entrepreneurship. But without the practical skills to get started, entrepreneurship can present challenges. TechnoServe is equipping youth with the skills they need to gain formal employment or run their own successful businesses.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
youth-owned shops open new doors for young people like Emanuel Barosha Ndiwene organizes products in his small shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Strengthening Youth-Owned Shops in Tanzania Through Better Business Skills

In Tanzania, shopkeepers like Emanuel Barosha Ndiwene often lack the business and financial management skills they need to run profitable businesses. A TechnoServe program connects young entrepreneurs with the knowledge, training, and tools they need to become successful retailers.

Entrepreneurship, Youth Economic Opportunity
Entrepreneurship, Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses, Youth Empowerment