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
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.
Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Philippines: 6 months after Haiyan: Banking on recovery
See what recovery looks like since the historic typhoon devastated 16 million people in the Philippines last November.
Colombia: Land titles provide stability for Colombia’s poor
We're helping marginalized families get legal ownership of the land they live on, and providing a sense of security in communities still recovering from conflict.
Afghanistan: Women breaking down barriers in southern Afghanistan
Vocational training and a revolutionary new women's market are giving many women the opportunity to earn their own income for the first time.
Japan: Businesses, communities thrive three years after disaster
Since the 2011 tsunami devastated Japan's northern coast, we've helped 300 entrepreneurs heal their communities by reviving their small businesses.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Philippines: Mobile banking helps isolated families recover from Haiyan
Our new mobile money program is speeding funds to typhoon-affected families, like the Franciscos, in remote regions of the Philippines.
Uganda: Making clean energy affordable far from the city
Kerosene used for light and cooking is risky and costly. So why aren't families rushing to switch to fuel efficient cookstoves and solar units?