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
West Bank and Gaza: Digital opportunities transcend borders April 9, 2012
In Gaza, information technology is one of the only ways to connect to a productive future. See what Alaa and her visionary peers achieved at Gaza's first-ever Startup Weekend.
West Bank and Gaza: Online Arabic freelancer network launches in Gaza April 5, 2012
After winning third place in the first-ever Startup Weekend in Gaza this past December, AnaLancer has launched an “expert-sourcing platform” that connects freelancers from the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) with business owners worldwide.
Uganda: Solar energy reaches northern Uganda February 20, 2012
Haiti: Protecting small business owners in Haiti February 9, 2012
West Bank and Gaza: Telling young tech entrepreneurs to go fish February 4, 2012
Last week, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was abuzz with a rare combination of techies, social investors, Arab world watchers and humanitarians.
West Bank and Gaza: Inspired youth at first Gaza Startup Weekend February 2, 2012
West Bank and Gaza: Inspiring tech innovation at Gaza Startup Weekend February 1, 2012
Gaza isn’t necessarily the first place you think of for a Startup Weekend.
Ethiopia: Grain storage bags make a big impact for Ethiopia's farmers January 27, 2012
West Bank and Gaza: Getting Google to Gaza November 1, 2011
Through an innovative Mercy Corps’ partnership with Google and the Source of Hope Foundation, young Palestinian web developers receive firsthand training and mentoring from engineers and business people from cutting-edge technology companies – as well as potential seed capital funding.
West Bank and Gaza: Empowering the techno-geeks of Palestine October 10, 2011
This summer, I attended an event in the Gaza Strip with 100 computer-science students and budding entrepreneurs about the latest open-source software and development tools, showcased by engineers visiting from Google.