What We've Learned

Lessons from our Projects

TechnoServe’s projects yield a wealth of lessons that can help us – and others – improve our work. Through this interactive platform, we share succinct insights from our projects every year, in order to build on this knowledge for even greater impact in the future.

Select a technical field below to see the lessons we have learned from our work, and click the links to learn more.

Nicaragua
Livestock
Livestock

Livestock sector interventions should incorporate more gender-based approaches, because while men control most transactions, women provide much of the labor.

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Gender
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

While our research shows that male and female advisors/mentors are equally effective, the heightened affinity that comes from same-gender pairings generally results in greater revenue growth for the entrepreneur’s business.

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Capacity Building Gender
Tanzania
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

When supporting female entrepreneurs, programs must consider how to engage male stakeholders, including husbands. This may include inviting husbands to trainings and helping the women to seek the support of their husbands in making their business a success.

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Capacity Building Gender
Tanzania
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

A training program graduation ceremony for female entrepreneurs can help to motivate attendance and boost participants’ confidence, while also helping market the program to future potential participants.

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Capacity Building Gender