The toughest places demand the boldest ideas and solutions. That’s why Mercy Corps pairs our local expertise with creative thinkers from the private and public sectors to identify breakthrough opportunities and new technologies. We test them in the field and work to scale them into businesses that change the lives of millions of people.
Our track record
Through savings, insurance and loans, we enable individuals to grow their businesses with confidence, knowing they will be able to weather unforeseen setbacks.
- MiCRO: Haiti, Central America
- Agri-Fin Mobile: Indonesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
The Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization offers microinsurance products that protect clients, mainly women, from the economic aftermath of severe natural disasters.
Agri-Fin Mobile uses mobile technology to provide small-scale farmers with “bundled,” localized financial services, market information and agricultural expertise.
Last mile distribution
Poor people in rural areas are usually the last to access new technologies and information. Mercy Corps finds ways to extend the benefits of these advances through the power of mobile networks, online resources, and new sales and distribution models.
- Tiendas de la Salud: Guatemala
- Red Tierras: Bolivia, Guatemala, Colombia
- Rural energy: Timor-Leste, Haiti, Nigeria and Uganda
This microfranchised network of health stores supplies high-quality, low-cost medicines to rural areas.
Red Tierras connects land rights practitioners from marginalized communities, NGOs and government agencies to accelerate the process of securing land rights and make it more cost effective.
To increase energy access and economic opportunities for rural communities, we identify and train supply chain actors, tailor appropriate finance mechanisms, and develop business skills among local micro-entrepreneurs and retailers.
All stories about Innovations
Timor-Leste: Solar energy lights the way for rural families May 8, 2013
Celeste da Silva and her husband Clementino grinned broadly as they held up the recent addition to their modest tin-roofed home. The source of their contentment? A simple solar light.
Mobile phones bring land ownership to indigenous farmers April 11, 2013
How new technology is helping rural communities achieve greater equality.
Mercy Corps ranks among top 10 international NGOs for social innovation February 27, 2013
Mercy Corps is proud to be recognized for its "leadership in using social innovation as an engine for sustainable development" by The Global Journal.
Guatemala: Juan Tista Toj, pharmacist in Guatemala February 13, 2013
More pharmacies will begin serving remote villages thanks to a pilot program that Mercy Corps and partners are taking to scale throughout the country.
Haiti: What does resilience look like? January 22, 2013
Discussions at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week will focus on how to better prepare for and minimize disasters of the future. In Haiti, we've been investing in communities to do just that.
Haiti: Three years later, investing in the long-term January 11, 2013
Since the January 2010 earthquake, Mercy Corps has reached more than 1.6 million people with lifesaving assistance. Now, we're investing in youth, small business owners and rural communities to build back stronger.
Indonesia: Food carts on a whole new scale December 20, 2012
In Jakarta, our teams found that 17% percent of children under 5 are malnourished, while 12% are overweight.
Indonesia: Nutrition on wheels December 18, 2012
Zimbabwe: Innovative farming initiative recognized at Clinton gathering September 27, 2012
Mercy Corps and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation were recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City on Tuesday for their Commitment to Action to implement Agri-Fin Mobile.
Haiti: Inside microinsurance in Haiti September 13, 2012
As Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti in late August, all eyes were watching to see whether the country would be overwhelmed by the latest storm.