TechnoServe

Business Solutions to Poverty

General

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Organization Name
TechnoServe
Tagline
Business Solutions to Poverty
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
nonprofit,
Year Founded
1968
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HQ Location: City, Country
Washington, DC | United States
HQ Mailing Address
1120 19th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
USA
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
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History

Our origin traces back to the village of Adidome, Ghana. In 1963, our founder Ed Bullard traveled there with his family for a year of volunteer service.

Ed was captivated by the spirit and character of the Ghanaian people. But he was appalled by the depth of poverty that surrounded him. A businessman, Ed understood that the contrast between this poverty and his own prosperity came not from any innate difference between himself and a poor Ghanaian farmer.

Instead, the people he saw struggled because they lacked the knowledge, skills and tools needed to lift themselves out of poverty. So in 1968, Ed launched TechnoServe – short for “technology in the service of mankind.” He envisioned TechnoServe as a different type of nonprofit, one that would help poor people by connecting them to information and market opportunities.

Today, TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We have worked in more than 40 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, assisting thousands of businesses and improving the incomes of millions of people.

True to Ed’s vision, we provide business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Activity

Sectors of Activity
Economic Empowerment, Children & Youth, Capacity building, Gender Issues, Environment,
Mission

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities. TechnoServe has earned a 4-star rating from independent evaluator Charity Navigator for the last 10 years, placing us in the top 1 percent of all its rated nonprofits.

With nearly 50 years of proven results, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Country (or countries) where active
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Haiti, India