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
Afghanistan: American-Style Baby Swings Sell Well in Afghanistan
Name: Najeeba HaidariAge: 36 yearsLocation: District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Asian Fashion for Kabul Women
Name: Nadjia ShujaeeAge: 33 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana Women’s Market, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Afghan Woman Selling to Women
Name: Aziza RajabiAge: 45 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana Women’s Market, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: The Wedding Singer
Name: Parviz SharifiAge: 25 yearsLocation: District 1, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Hatching a New Business
Name: Fawzia Mohammad HazanAge: 35Location: District 7, Kabul (Afghanistan) Over the din of hundreds of cheeping little chicks, Fawzia explains the business plan for her newly launched chick farm.
Afghanistan: Bicycle Shop Owner Runs Brisk Business
Name: Obaidulhah HabbibullahAge: 48 yearsLocation: Charqala Wazirbad, District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: A Beauty Shop of Her Own
Name: Lailuma Aslam ZadaAge: 30 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Bosnia: A Fractured Country
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal
Engineer Amir Mohammad has worked on many projects during his four years with Mercy Corps, yet there is no question about the most important one: the rehabilitation of the Darwishan Canal.
Georgia: After 15-Year Absence, Water Returns to Georgia Village
For the past 15 years, the 120 families living in Marabda have been literally thirsty for a better life.