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.
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Indonesia: Faces on the Ground - Page 2
A New Tradition
On Solid Ground
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
Indonesia: A Glimpse of Joy
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
Sri Lanka: Using Science to Rebuild Communities
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
Honduras: Sweet Success
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
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.