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
China: Reaching New Heights May 10, 2005
Fuan, a bustling coastal city of three million people, appears to have a lot going for it: plentiful natural resources, an important military base and a major trading partner just across the water.
Sri Lanka: Lights of Hope May 3, 2005
The big day is finally here.
Sri Lanka: Putting Fish Back on Bicycles March 24, 2005
The fish are back.
Sri Lanka: Chasing Away the Spirits March 24, 2005
Diversifying Livelihoods March 7, 2005
Indonesia: Faces on the Ground - Page 2 February 14, 2005
A New Tradition February 8, 2005
On Solid Ground February 8, 2005
Dust on hot days. Mud after wet days. Sewage and standing water on rainy days. Delimedge’s open-air market in this rural hamlet of southwest Serbia was no more than a clear patch of ground near the town center - and a low one at that.
Indonesia: Recycling Wood into Income February 7, 2005
Indonesia: A Glimpse of Joy January 21, 2005
The bright and colorful loosely-fitting clothes on her body don’t seem to restrict Audil Mardiah from moving around scooping dirt and other trash off the ground. Audil is a 50 year-old single woman from the Darusalam area who joined Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program there.