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
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.
Indonesia: New Hope for Tibang
Indonesia: How Cakes and Crackers Saved a Village
Lebanon: The Old Man and the Mill
Chebba, South Lebanon - His real name is Ali Ismail. But people here still know him as Ali Tahan, which means Ali the Miller.
Sudan: The Skills to Thrive
Hassa Hissa Camp, Darfur — It is graduation day at the Women's Training Center in Hassa Hissa displacement camp, and these women are ready to celebrate.
Ethiopia: Protecting Livestock, Building Assets
Liberia: In War's Aftermath, a New Model of Progress
Sri Lanka: The Village That Could
Lyn Robinson remembers the tsunami's aftermath like it was yesterday.
Indonesia: Sailing Again
It was a quiet early morning, the sky filled with bright stars. The full moon shined on the roads and was reflected in the river. The light breeze made the early morning atmosphere mystifying, truly an experience that I've never had.