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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Help create lasting solutions to poverty and accelerate Liberia’s economic development by addressing youth employment and community involvement.

The context

Although Liberia's economy is growing at an impressive rate — mainly because of price increases in extractive commodities such as rubber, palm oil and minerals — the current GDP is only one-eighth of what it was before the 1986-1996 and 1999-2003 civil wars.

Corruption remains widespread, and social-welfare indicators are worse than most other countries. Three-quarters of the population lives below the poverty line of a U.S. dollar a day, and most young people lack the education or skills training to help them participate in the country’s recovery.

Our work

  • Agriculture & food: Connecting farmers to markets for high-value agricultural products like rubber, cocoa, palm oil and vegetables
  • Children & youth: Empowering young people to improve their own communities through civil society organizations and leadership training
  • Economic opportunity: Connecting youth with apprenticeships and financial training, supporting entrepreneurship with business education and small-business loans

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