Success Stories

Developing countries where the Walleighs have lived or visited have entrepreneurial spirit just as developed countries do. These entrepreneurs have many more challenges to face in their small businesses, in urban areas and especially in rural regions. TechnoServe is helping farmers in Africa and Latin America become entrepreneurs in operating as cash-crop businesses and not just subsistence living. Sometimes TechnoServe works with agricultural processors (e.g., grain mills) to enable hundreds of smallholder farmers to efficiently process their crops. Sometimes it links cooperatives to markets. And TechnoServe is definitely assisting urban entrepreneurs to expand their horizons and break out of the poverty that so many people associate with Africa. It is this entrepreneurial spirit in Africa and Latin America that is the foundation for hope and excitement for the future.

Rick continues to work half-time for TechnoServe, contributing to the organization’s long-term success. Which in turn, contributes to many millions of poor people climbing out of poverty in Africa, Central and South America and India. Please view many of their stories (in which the Walleighs have not directly been involved) on the TechnoServe website.

Haiti Success: Collaborative Haiti Hope Project’s Goal to Help 25,000 Mango Farmers

Success Stories

In October 2011, Rick accompanied TechnoServe senior executives and several board members on a trip to Haiti to visit the Haiti Hope Project.  The pictures are his, though the story below is from the TechnoServe website at http://www.technoserve.org/our-work. The Haiti Hope Project is a five-year, $9.5 million public-private partnership designed to create sustainable economic opportunities […]

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Peru Successes: Cris Vida’s Bottled Water Expanded its Production

Success Stories

The Cris Vida “natural” mineral water processing and bottling plant was located on the edge of San Marcos, Peru.  Owner Eduardo had already built this facility and been selling large bottles of water to a few “corporate” customers. However, he told his visitors that TechnoServe Peru had taught him how to greatly improve his business […]

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Peru Successes: New Abattoir to Process Guinea Pigs as Specialty Food

Success Stories

Most special Peruvian feasts include dishes made with guinea pig, or Cuy. This is traditional not only in Peru but among émigrés in the U.S.  Previous to TechnoServe’s support, eleven families in El Huayo (over 1 hour from Cajamarca) had been breeding Cuy for local and regional consumption.  They sold the animals to processors for […]

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Peru Successes: Clarita’s Mix Built New Mill

Success Stories

Clarita’s Mix, a cereal mill owned by a farmers’ cooperative is in the San Marcos area about 45 minutes outside of Cajamarca, Peru.  The original co-op was started years earlier by Caritas (an international NGO) to mill, package and sell barley, wheat and quinoa cereals.  Once TechnoServe Peru began assisting Clarita’s Mix in 2007, business […]

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El Salvador Successes: Developing Cheese for Export & In-Country Markets

Success Stories

In collaboration with a major Salvadorean bank, TechnoServe began recruiting qualified dairy processors to create new products and markets while maintaining relationships with current small wholesalers or stores.  Two key dairy associations (Proleche and Asleche) recommended 38 potential dairy processors for qualification out of a possible 630 artisanal and commercial businesses.  Read an overview of […]

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Honduras Successes: Ancient Indian Cocoa Grafted to Modern Cocoa

Honduras

A major challenge for Honduras to move nearly 50% of its population out of poverty, is to increase its competitiveness in key areas while diversifying into other markets where it can leverage competitive advantages. Established only in 2003, TechnoServe Honduras is helping rebuild, modernize, and increase profitability of key industries–e.g., dairy, vegetables, palm oil for […]

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Nicaragua Successes: Collaboration for Dairy Cows

Success Stories

In May 2008, Rick and Wendy visited the TechnoServe-Nicaragua office where they learned about the Dairy Program operated in collaboration with CARE and UNAN Leon (Universidad Nacional de Autonoma aka National University of Independence, in Leon, Nicaragua). CARE was particularly focused on supporting/implementing gender, water, environment and monitoring and evaluation of the program.  UNAN Leon […]

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Kenya Successes: Subsistence to Substance to Business Success for Small Banana Farmers & Traders

Kenya

Many of Kenya’s central and eastern rural poor have a few banana trees in their yards. But despite Kenya’s large overall banana crop, farmers are virtually unconnected to urban wholesalers, retailers, and consumers in cities like Nairobi, Kisumu or Mombasa.*  These large markets cannot meet banana demand though they are no more than 100 kilometers […]

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Kenya Successes: Prime Coffee-Growing Region Now Supplies Worldclass Premium Coffee

Kenya

Across Africa and Latin America, TechnoServe works with farmers to sustainably improve the quality and quantity of the coffee they produce.* It helps link small-scale farmers to specialty coffee buyers who pay a premium for their high-quality beans. The higher incomes help transform families, communities and countries. The highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania […]

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Kenya Successes: TechnoServe Organized Small-Scale Dairy Farms for Large-Scale Impact

Kenya

Kenyans drink a lot of milk.  This tradition is probably derived from tribal culture—particularly the Maasai tribe–where cows represent wealth. However, the vast majority of dairy farmers own less than ten cows, each of which typically produces ten gallons of milk per day (vs. 30 gallons in developed countries) due to poor nutrition, breeding, and […]

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