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TechnoServe has helped hardworking men and women lift themselves out of poverty for 50 years. But our job is far from over.
Our story

Our success in creating business solutions to poverty is due in large part to our talented and highly committed team.

TechnoServe employs more than 1,500 people, the vast majority of them host-country nationals working in the field. Our staff combine business expertise with local knowledge, relationships, and context to help hardworking men and women generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.

We are a nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

In 2017, TechnoServe's work helped transform the lives of 2.3 million people in 29 countries by targeting improvements in farms, businesses and industries.

  • 50 years of impact. 29 developing countries.
  • Millions of lives transformed – all through the power of private enterprise.
  • Join us to create lasting change and help people lift themselves out of poverty.

We work as a catalyzer to reduce poverty

From inspiration in Ghana to transformation around the world, TechnoServe has deepened its impact over the last 50 years. TechnoServe was founded in 1968 to help hardworking people in the developing world lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

In 2018, we proudly celebrated fifty years of impact and millions of lives transformed through the power of private enterprise. As we reflect on all that TechnoServe has accomplished together with our supporters, partners, and enterprising people around the world, we are excited to catalyze even greater change in the years ahead.

How we work

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We help grow strong markets that create income and jobs in poor communities.

In order to achieve our mission, we operate as a catalyst and partner to strengthen market systems. We focus on market systems that have:

  • A clear opportunity – an unmet demand for a product or service
  • The potential for inclusive growth that benefits poor people in their roles as producers, entrepreneurs, employees or consumers
  • The potential for scale – impacting significant numbers of families

Help more families around the world benefit from TechnoServe's proven approach by becoming a Partner in Prosperity.  

We work within four expertises

Building on decades of experience, we have deepened our expertise in several areas of focus. Our carefully developed approaches in areas such as gender, access to finance and entrepreneurship – as well as agricultural value chains, including coffee – allow us to achieve our mission and increase our impact. We are continuously learning, sharing and evolving our expertise to ensure that we implement best practices across projects and regions. Learn more about our approach to key areas below.


We measure the amount of financial benefits we help generate, the number of people and businesses who received financial benefits, and the percent of those that are women. We also measure the amount of financing we have facilitated in the marketplace. Tracking these impact indicators over time helps ensure our continued success.

We use this data to gain insights into our portfolio that inform our work and drive greater impact. Results are one of our core values, which is why we aggregate and publicize the impact of our work on an annual basis.

View our 2017 Impact Report

Our expertises
  • Africa | East
  • Africa | Middle
  • Africa | North
  • Africa | South
  • Africa | West
  • Americas | Caribbean
  • Americas | Central America
  • Asia | South

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire ,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India

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