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
Kosovo: A liberating chain April 21, 2006
Reqane, Kosovo - What do you get when you put together a dairy owner, a veterinary pharmacist and a woman with a cow? A new economy that works.
Mongolia: The Rich Yellow Desert April 13, 2006
True Soul Food April 7, 2006
Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Omer Spahic's culinary specialty is a savory bean dish called grah. Of all the meals I ate during two weeks in the Balkans, it is quite possibly the best.
The Daughter Also Rises March 24, 2006
Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Selma Samail is a hero. However, when she looks in her hairdressing mirror, she doesn't see it that way at all. Humble and quiet, she only sees a daughter who works hard to support her father, mother and older sister.
Q&A: Restoring Dignity February 10, 2006
Nearly a decade ago, Pam Eser was an unsatisfied investment banker on vacation in Vietnam. "I didn't feel like my career was very fulfilling," she says now. She knew the money industry, but wanted to do something to help people who don't have much money.
Lebanon: The Mule Whisperer February 10, 2006
Afghanistan: Forsaking the Flower for a More Hopeful Future February 10, 2006
As Afghanistan struggles to lift itself from decades of conflict and oppression, a flower threatens to keep its society down.
United States: Reclaiming the U.S. Gulf Coast January 29, 2006
Tajikistan: Tajikistan's New Entrepreneurs January 13, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: When Life Gives You Olives January 6, 2006
Khuloud Qassem used to think that making soap from olive oil required complex chemical compounds and snazzy technology.