COVID-19

How Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries Can Leverage E-Learning Solutions to Build Pathways Out of Poverty

In Kenya, entrepreneurship offers a pathway out of poverty for many young people like Irene Minyao. However, without the right skills and support, running a small business for the first time can be a daunting task. TechnoServe recently piloted a new digital platform that will help entrepreneurs gain the business management skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Technology

In India, Better Harvests Lead to Better Education

As India grapples with a second wave of COVID-19, farmers around the country face another related challenge: maintaining their livelihoods in times of great economic uncertainty. TechnoServe is helping smallholder farmers like Dhirendra Mishra increase their incomes by connecting them with large buyers through participation in farmer producer companies. With this additional income, farmers can invest in their families and communities.

Agriculture, COVID-19
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
Photo of Elisabeth Atchade, a cashew farmer in Benin

One Year of COVID-19: Elisabeth Atchade, Cashew Farmer in Benin

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed. In our previous story on Elisabeth Atchade, a cashew farmer in Benin, the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant market panic left her with uncertainty about the future of her cashew production. Find out how she is doing now, eight months later.

Agriculture, Cashews, COVID-19
Resilience During COVID-19

One Year of COVID-19: Catarina Bié, Small Business Owner in Mozambique

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed. Catarina Bié is a small business owner in Maputo, Mozambique. After receiving digital business training from TechnoServe, Catarina learned how to adapt her business to survive the crisis. Find out how she is doing now, seven months later.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment
Resilience During COVID-19

One Year of COVID-19: Gomti Devi, Farmer in India

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed. Gomti Devi is a smallholder guar farmer in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, whose gender-inclusive training from TechnoServe helped her withstand the COVID-19 crisis. Having learned how to sew and to grow food, Gomti saved money, reduced her risks, and gave back to protect the wider community. Find out how she is doing now, almost a year later.

Agriculture, COVID-19, Women's Economic Empowerment
Resilience During COVID-19