TechnoServe (South Africa) works to ensure that the opportunities of the rapidly emerging ‘developed economy’ are accessible to everyone, by providing business skills, assisting with access to support services and networks.
TechnoServe (South Africa) ultimately ensures that the previously disadvantaged individuals are able to contribute to building of the new South Africa. They promote the growth of South Africa’s SMME business sector through enterprise development programmes that provide expert advice, technical and business capacity building, and that open up markets for entrepreneurs, goods and services and link them to finance, ultimately building competitive farms, businesses and industries.
TechnoServe (South Africa) is affiliated with the global NGO TechnoServe, a non-profit 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, they have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.
In South Africa, TechnoServe supports emerging farmers and entrepreneurs to overcome skill gaps, and challenges in accessing capital and markets. Poor market information systems limit the ability of farmers to predict market demand and produce in line with price expectations. The entrepreneurs TechnoServe supports in South Africa typically have limited access to market opportunities, capital, networks, and limited baseline skills to formalize their businesses.