Markets, whether large or small, keep communities thriving. But conflicts, disasters and a lack of infrastructure can prevent people from conducting the daily transactions on which all growth and progress depend. Around the world, Mercy Corps discovers why commerce is stuck.
In some places, manufacturers need loans to purchase equipment and young people desire job skills. In others, key transportation routes to market must be rebuilt or farmers require better storage to keep their inventory fresh until sold.
Our economic development projects provide financing, equipment, training or technical support. These projects help people find jobs, build their businesses, supply their communities with the goods they need —and improve their lives.
All stories about Economic opportunity
Guatemala: Tea and spice growers working for healthier futures
Growing tea ingredients is a precarious livelihood. That's why we've worked with Tazo Tea over the last decade to support farming communities in India and Guatemala. Meet a few people who now have a brighter future.
Central African Republic: Building towards a better future
As the only woman in her carpentry workshop, Berthe has to be tough. But the skills she’s learning will help give her family the future they deserve.
Nepal: A smart matriarch turns pickles into profit
In hot western Nepal, Harikala Yogi and her family have mastered the art of pickling mangoes. See how Harikala broke boundaries and took the family business to new heights.
Haiti: Growing businesses in Haiti's toughest neighborhoods
Florye's almost lost her small upholstery business in the Haiti earthquake. Today, she and other entrepreneurs are revitalizing the local economy.
Nepal: One determined step changed Devi's life
We helped Devi get a loan to start her business three years ago. Today she's showing us how she turned one opportunity into life-changing success.
Food that brings us together around the world
The joy of sharing a meal is the same no matter where live. But different ingredients reflect the vibrant, unique communities we work with. See how people are feeding their families around the world.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
Philippines: Sweet success: Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan
Florida and Realino Go didn't think they would survive Typhoon Haiyan. When they emerged from the storm to find their business destroyed, Mercy Corps helped them — and 100,000 more survivors — recover their future.
Timor-Leste: Fish ponds bring hope to hard-working families
As rice farmers cope with changing weather patterns, we're helping them build new sustainable sources of food and income.
Myanmar: Rice farmers seize opportunity to grow after crisis
Myanmar's worst natural disaster proved to be an opportunity to help rice farmers improve their production — and lives.