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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

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

Financial services
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
  • The Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization offers microinsurance products that protect clients, mainly women, from the economic aftermath of severe natural disasters.

  • Agri-Fin Mobile: Indonesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • 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
  • This microfranchised network of health stores supplies high-quality, low-cost medicines to rural areas.

  • Red Tierras: Bolivia, Guatemala, Colombia
  • 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.

  • Rural energy: Timor-Leste, Haiti, Nigeria and Uganda
  • 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.

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