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
Food that brings us together around the world November 26, 2014
The joy of sharing a meal is the same no matter where live. But different ingredients reflect the vibrant, unique communities we work with. See how people are feeding their families around the world.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival November 17, 2014
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
Philippines: Sweet success: Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan November 6, 2014
Florida and Realino Go didn't think they would survive Typhoon Haiyan. When they emerged from the storm to find their business destroyed, Mercy Corps helped them — and 100,000 more survivors — recover their future.
Timor-Leste: Fish ponds bring hope to hard-working families October 1, 2014
As rice farmers cope with changing weather patterns, we're helping them build new sustainable sources of food and income.
Myanmar: Rice farmers seize opportunity to grow after crisis May 21, 2014
Myanmar's worst natural disaster proved to be an opportunity to help rice farmers improve their production — and lives.
Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan May 7, 2014
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Philippines: 6 months after Haiyan: Banking on recovery May 6, 2014
See what recovery looks like since the historic typhoon devastated 16 million people in the Philippines last November.
Colombia: Land titles provide stability for Colombia’s poor April 15, 2014
We're helping marginalized families get legal ownership of the land they live on, and providing a sense of security in communities still recovering from conflict.
Afghanistan: Women breaking down barriers in southern Afghanistan March 8, 2014
Vocational training and a revolutionary new women's market are giving many women the opportunity to earn their own income for the first time.
Japan: Businesses, communities thrive three years after disaster February 26, 2014
Since the 2011 tsunami devastated Japan's northern coast, we've helped 300 entrepreneurs heal their communities by reviving their small businesses.