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
Indonesia: Video: "My Child's Café" nourishes kids in North Jakarta December 11, 2009
We would like to thank those who have given online to Mercy Corps by posting this three-minute video of a program made possible by your donations: Healthy Street Foods in Jakarta.
A cultural bridge September 28, 2009
The city of Mitrovicë/a in Kosovo is very often described by the media as a city of trouble. The most beautiful bridge in the country — with the Ibar/Ibër River flowing beneath — divides this city in half.
Simple is sustainable July 20, 2009
Looking at the simple and inexpensive — yet powerful — ways to help on our Home page, I’m reminded how needlessly complicated humanitarian assistance can become.
A Pioneer in Social Innovations March 25, 2009
We believe that solving social problems in the developing world requires a blending of sustainable, entrepreneurial strategies with the deep knowledge of culture and context that comes from working alongside local communities each day.
Neal Keny-Guyer: Social Entrepreneurship at Mercy Corps December 1, 2007
Recently we sat down with Neal Keny-Guyer to talk about the agency’s long history with social entrepreneurship – and how he feels about winning Fast Company’s 2008 Social Capitalist Award.
Tom Keffer: The Global Urge to Succeed December 1, 2007
William Early: Education for the Global Economy December 1, 2007
William Early is a rare breed of social entrepreneur: a businessman and philanthropist whose contributions range well beyond donations.
United States: John Haines: Filling a Niche December 1, 2007
When Mohammad Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for championing small-scale lending to the world's poor, most U.S. microfinanciers probably took it as an affirmation of their own good works. Not John Haines.
Jonathan Dill: Far from Typical December 1, 2007
The problems of the developing world would usually be one of the last things on the mind of a typical American teenager, let alone something like the spread of waterborne diseases. But Jonathan Dill is far from typical.