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
Kyrgyzstan: A New Breed of Development
Kara Dobo, Kyrgyzstan — Veterinarian Joldosh Ibragimov doesn't exactly pine to return to the days before Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But he does fondly recall at least one thing about Soviet rule: big cows.
Lebanon: After the War, the Mattas Press On
Kawkaba, Lebanon - Ask Assad Matta what the recent fighting did to the olive oil business and he just groans.
United States: Haircut and Empowerment, Fifteen Dollars
Doug Haywood is the crab in the gumbo. And Mercy Corps is helping stir the pot.
United States: Mercy Corps to Launch On-Line Service for Entrepreneurs
Mercy Corps has acquired MicroMentor, an innovative on-line service for entrepreneurs, from the Aspen Institute, which created the program and launched it in the United States.
West Bank and Gaza: A Growing Despair
Georgia: School Brings Hope to Georgian Village
Kosovo: A liberating chain
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
True Soul Food
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
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.