June 17, 2021

Cocoa Producer Finds Success Learning from Other Farmers
Nagua is a small town in the Dominican Republic, and locals would not describe it as an agricultural hub. But Nagua native Pedro Martínez is committed to continuing the family…

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May 24, 2021

Geography, economic class, poor access to information, and cultural or parental preferences, frequently combined, leave youth in Sri Lanka with little independent choice in their educational or career paths. As a result, they are in the habit of passively accepting the career outcome that unfolds for them based on their environment and circumstances. To…

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April 8, 2021

Biofcacao is a growing cocoa processing and export company nestled in the hilly Dominican town of Villa Altagracia. The company draws on local producers and is an important driver of the local economy.

Biofcacao has been around since 1998. In the last few years, the company has earned several international certifications to respond to increased global demand for Dominican cocoa. These certifications include Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, USDA…

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February 9, 2021

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2020

As part of the USAID Workforce and Higher Access to Markets (WHAM) Activity, a grant was signed with SIK d.o.o. Mostar with the aim of aligning production with modern technologies.

In today’s global economy, it is critical for export-oriented metal processing companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to operate on the forefront of welding technologies, which requires a highly skilled workforce….

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December 31, 2020

IESC is pleased to share its 2019 Annual Report. This report showcases some of the many ways IESC is improving the lives of people, families, and communities around the world. It includes examples of how our programs are bolstering small and growing businesses, creating meaningful employment, and supporting entrepreneurs and workers around the world. It also illustrates the ways in which we are expanding international trade, increasing food…

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December 23, 2020

Although the Government of Sri Lanka responded swiftly and decisively to the COVID-19 pandemic, minimizing the spread of the virus in the country, the 24-hour curfews and restrictions on gatherings made in-person trainings and educational sessions impossible. In response to this challenge, USAID’s youth skills development and entrepreneurship project, YouLead, catalyzed private sector collaborations to rapidly expand its outreach to youth…

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