Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly a third of citizens living below the national poverty line — less than U.S. $0.25 per day — and another third living on less than $2 per day. Frequent natural disasters like earthquake and floods are especially devastating to families with few resources to protect themselves and recover. Half of Nepal's population are youth, and 90 percent of them are unemployed. Young women must often work at home or marry early, preventing them from finishing school and keeping families locked in a cycle of poverty.
Help communities achieve greater prosperity and food security, increase opportunities for youth and women, and reduce the risks of natural disasters.
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- Agriculture & Food: Improving incomes of smallholder farmers with the production of high-value crops like ginger, cardamom and potato
- Economic opportunity: Increasing access to loans and savings for marginalized people in remote areas
- Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy so women can develop and expand their small businesses
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to identify risks, build protections against floods, and educate residents on emergency response and coordination
- Education: Helping girls stay in school and connecting them with skills and opportunities to find jobs and start businesses
- Population (2014 est.): 30.9 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 145 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2006
All stories about Nepal
Nepal: Testing a new way to better prepare communities for disaster November 11, 2014
In some of the most vulnerable areas, we're working through local volunteers like Hanesh to reduce their communities' risks when natural disasters strike.
Nepal: Meet Sarmila: Overcoming challenges to stay in school September 2, 2014
Sarmila is from the poorest caste in Nepal, but she's on track to graduate 10th grade. Learn how we help Sarmila and other marginalized girls stay in school.
Nepal: Testing the future of emergency assistance June 27, 2013
We’ve been part of the mobile money revolution for some time, and now our latest efforts are being tested in Nepal — one of the poorest countries in the world.
Nepal: Harikala, green mango pickle maker June 28, 2012
Harikala makes green mango pickles. Thanks to Mercy Corps, she received a loan to purchase spices, oils, tools and containers. She repaid that loan and took out a second one to expand her business.
Nepal: Teaching kids to prepare for floods June 6, 2012
Young students at a school in flood-prone western Nepal learn how to stay safe in the event of disaster.
Nepal: Protecting natural resources April 12, 2012
Villagers in southwestern Nepal gather to tell Mercy Corps staff about their needs and how they make use of their surrounding environment — land, plants, water. The work is part of an assessment to figure out how to reduce natural resource-based conflict in the area.
Nepal: Women channel healthy sanitation March 20, 2012
Toilets are a luxury in Kanchanpur District. In fact, throughout this rural area of southwest Nepal, few people have access to even rudimentary latrines.
Nepal: Shoring up communities in Nepal February 14, 2012
Savitri Devi Chaudry is a member of her village's Disaster Preparedness Committee.
Nepal: From unbanked to borrowers December 14, 2011
If you’re a bank, eastern Nepal might not seem like the most desirable place to open new branches.
Nepal: Who’s got the power? June 21, 2011
You’re serving a customer or running a machine and the power quits. This is a regular occurrence in Nepal. If you’re well-off, you pay to have a generator installed in your business and home so you’re not dependent on the electric grid.