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
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.
Q&A: Restoring Dignity
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
Afghanistan: Forsaking the Flower for a More Hopeful Future
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
Tajikistan: Tajikistan's New Entrepreneurs
West Bank and Gaza: When Life Gives You Olives
Khuloud Qassem used to think that making soap from olive oil required complex chemical compounds and snazzy technology.
India: Life in the Himalayan Foothills
Darjeeling's soaring natural splendor often hides the depths of poverty.
United States: Reclaiming Neighborhoods
Bienville Ancar didn't just lose his house and business to Hurricane Katrina. Like so many of his neighbors, he lost history, a sense of place and the feeling of home.