Wendy and Rick met with this participant who was definitely making progress in TechnoServe’s Upscaling program. Starting in 2003 in his home, Joseph Njer’s growth-oriented yoghurt processing business by 2007 was on a US$170,000 run-rate for annual turnover. The products are two size bottles of thick, creamy yoghurt drinks in vanilla, strawberry and banana. Joseph […]
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.