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
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.
Sri Lanka: Mercy Corps Receives Tsunami Relief Donation from Oprah's Angel Network January 18, 2005
Sri Lanka: Using Science to Rebuild Communities January 14, 2005
Mercy Corps has teamed up with over 50 geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) professionals to improve relief efforts in tsunami-stricken areas of Asia.
Indonesia: Reclaiming Aceh Besar January 7, 2005
Honduras: Sweet Success December 9, 2004
For Victor Rodriguez, the taste of success is sweet. In fact, it has a distinct peachy flavor with hints of pineapple.
Mongolia: A Growing Market for Farmers in Mongolia November 1, 2004
Vegetable growers and dairy producers in Mongolia's Umnugobi province (or aimag) have begun supplying local produce to one of that country's largest mineral exploration operations.
Kosovo: Milk collection center opens in Kosovo October 13, 2004
In Kosovo, milk is building stronger communities.
Lebanon: Festival Offers Feathery Bonanza For Bird Lovers October 2, 2004
Comfortable shoes, some change and an desire to see nature is all you need for a weekend of bird watching and entertainment in Ebel es-Saqi, a village tagged recently by world-renowned experts as being one of the main pathways for migratory birds.