Watch the video above to learn how we’re empowering young people in Africa to go after their dreams, start their own businesses, and succeed — no matter what challenges they may face.
A roadside stand in South Sudan selling soap; an internet start-up in Gaza; a tofu processing plant in Indonesia: The global economy is connected by complex and dynamic markets. Mercy Corps believes in harnessing this inherent power to provide better opportunities for the world’s poor and vulnerable, half of whom live on less than $2/day.
Local communities themselves have the ability to drive this change and no two situations are alike. For this reason, we take a holistic, locally-led approach, working with communities, their systems and structures to build businesses, increase income and improve employment opportunities. Even in the most fragile and informal markets, we focus on intentional, market-based solutions, ones which can succeed and expand long after we’ve left.
Mercy Corps promotes safe, decent and equitable income opportunities for individuals around the world.
Mercy Corp's market-driven approach to crisis response leverages the capacities of non-aid actors in local and global economic systems and gives crisis-affected individuals the ability to drive their own decisions and secure their own lives and livelihoods.
Forty-two percent of the world is under the age of 25; Mercy Corps tailors employment programming to the unique needs of male and female youth.
Yemen: In Yemen, a father transforms an entire community
When Yemen's conflict made it impossible for Wassim to find steady work, Mercy Corps helped him do something bold—and create a far-reaching impact.
Nigeria: A nightmare ended, a dream realized: How one woman is rebuilding after Boko Haram
After Boko Haram left Jummai's village, she was eager to start a new business to provide for her family. Now she has not one, but two thriving small businesses.
Lebanon, Syria: How a playground helped Farat find her voice
Farat lost her home and her husband to Syria's war. A Mercy Corps project in her community gave her the confidence to keep going.
Kenya: How camel milk ATMs are strengthening lives in Kenya
We're working with Kenyans to improve the camel milk trade, from processing the milk to selling it in markets.
How we’re investing in entrepreneurs to improve lives around the world
Our Social Venture Fund is a seed-stage impact investment fund designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs overcome barriers to growth. Meet a few of the entrepreneurs we've worked with.
Kyrgyzstan: A token of gratitude, from Kyrgyzstan with love
Batina makes the felt rams that Mercy Corps gives its Partners In Mercy monthly givers. Read more about her story.
Mali: Building stronger communities through small businesses
Supporting entrepreneurs in Mali helps people become positive forces for change in their families and communities. Find out how.
India: Unveiling a world of possibility on India's tea estates
Life on India's tea estates can be difficult — especially for youth who have limited access to resources and opportunities to build a bright future. Learn how we're helping them look past their circumstances and see possibility.
Timor-Leste: In Timor-Leste, clean cookstoves offer opportunity for all
Freddie works for a small clean cookstove company that just launched this year. Clean cookstoves are critical in Timor-Leste: On an island facing the full brunt of climate change, where most people cook over an open flame, they burn less fuel and produce less smoke.
What we're doing to help end global hunger
Mercy Corps takes a multi-pronged approach to helping end world hunger, including implementing programs that tackle the multiple drivers of food security, while also engaging in policy discussions that influence our programs. Learn about this work and what is being done to stop world hunger.