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.
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Lebanon: Economic stability in Lebanon helps both Lebanese and Syrian refugees
The Bekaa Valley is a picturesque, fertile valley in east Lebanon. Situated about 30 kilometers east of the capital Beirut, it is Lebanon's most important farming region.
Tunisia: How we’re empowering young entrepreneurs in the wake of revolution
Revolution five years ago began the Arab Spring and brought democracy to Tunisia, but it also resulted in economic struggles. We're working with young entrepreneurs to revitalize the economy and build stability for the future.
Afghanistan: Addressing anger, not just income, is key to fighting instability in Afghanistan
We're tackling insecurity and violence in Afghanistan by providing young people with the support they need to build stable livelihoods, cope with life's challenges and bolster stronger, more just communities.
The truth behind 5 myths about global poverty
If the United Nations wants to truly end global poverty, its member nations will have to face some hard truths first.
Nigeria: In vulnerable communities, young women dream big
Abasiya used to be like many young women in Nigeria — out of school, poor, and with few opportunities in front of her. How did she build dreams for the future?
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.