November 16, 2021

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October 28, 2021

IESC is pleased to share its 2020 Annual Report. During an extremely challenging year due to COVID-19, we are proud of the difference we made and the significant progress our programs achieved toward our mission of improving lives, creating jobs, and helping enterprises grow. We hope you will enjoy reading about the results we achieved and the lasting impact we made for communities around the world.

With the support of our dedicated staff,…

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October 12, 2021

A game-changing initiative helps Dominican exporters comply with new food safety regulations
In the Dominican town of Jarabacoa is an agricultural export company called EDELCA, which exports bell peppers and Beefsteak tomatoes to the United States. The company focuses on the ethnic market segment, specifically, the Dominican diaspora in New York and Miami.

EDELCA has been around since 1995 but has had a spotty history — at one point, the…

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September 28, 2021

Improving milk handling processes from farmers to milk chilling centers brings returns to medium-scale dairy processor in Sri Lanka
Chello Dairies began its journey in 1995 as a small-scale domestic enterprise manufacturing ice cream pops. Mr. Kapila Ruwan Bandara, a young entrepreneur and the company’s founder, had a mission: to provide consumers with superior taste and quality at an affordable price. Through hard work and a focus on…

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August 18, 2021

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WALK A LONG ROAD TO EXPORT AVOCADOS
New avocado producers in Pedernales, Dominican Republic, are introducing new growing techniques that are transforming the economy of the southeastern province. As avocado farms grow, they displace more traditional, but less lucrative, crops.

Gilberto and Cesarina Espinal, along with Gilberto’s brother Sendy, are young entrepreneurs with an interest in avocados dating back to 2018….

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August 11, 2021

Youth between the ages of 15 and 35 comprise 67% of the Tanzanian labor force. This group has the potential to make significant contributions to agriculture and food production as well as drive positive change within their communities and beyond. To further unlock this potential, the USAID-funded IESC Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Access to Finance Program addresses challenges and barriers in the agro-financing ecosystem to support youth in Tanzania….

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