To build a brighter economic future, we know that young people around the world need education, resources and support. Watch the video above to learn how we’re empowering young people in Africa to go after their dreams, start their own businesses, and succeed — no matter what challenges they may face.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.