Descripción General

Bolivia has long been among the poorest and least-developed nations in Latin America. Despite having substantial mineral wealth, a staggering two-thirds of its people live below the poverty line.

In rural areas the numbers in poverty are higher still. To improve the quality of life for Bolivians at the bottom of the economic pyramid, TechnoServe introduced its successful business plan competition model. The program helped the country's nascent entrepreneurs turn good ideas into thriving small and medium businesses that generated jobs and new markets while also increasing the supply of high-quality, affordable goods and services. The Andean-wide business plan competition supported businesses in the fields of recycling, energy, food, health, housing, basic services and IT.


TechnoServe has helped 929 entrepreneurs across South America generate more than $16 million in sales through business plan competitions and start-up advice. As part of this program, 60 Bolivian entrepreneurs received tailored business consulting from TechnoServe.


Hermanas le Sacan Provecho a Desechos en Bolivia

Donde otros vieron una molestia ambiental, Liset y Ximena Contreras vieron una oportunidad de negocios.

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March 23, 2012

Photo of the Week: Sisters Turn Innovative Idea into Business

Sisters Liset (center) and Ximena Contreras of Bolivia developed an idea to turn shells from Brazil nuts into fuel pellets. With help from a TechnoServe business plan competition, the Contreras sisters launched a business, PelletBol, to commercialize their idea.

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October 13, 2011

Finding Value in Waste

The great Peter Drucker once said, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” The story of Liset and Ximena Contreras embodies this quote and much more.

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TechnoServe Bolivia

Catalina Robledo

Country Manager, Colombia