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.
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.
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Indonesia: Empowerment Through Gardening
The women of Mirik Lamreudup village are not only winning awards for their organic agriculture, but sharing their newfound success with other women in the area. Most of them are survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami. All of them have made great strides in the last three years.
Nepal: The Last Girl In School
As school began again this year, Anita Chaudhary was prepared to spend back-to-school day as she had for the last few years: at home. She was certain that, once again, she'd watch from the doorway of her family's tiny house as dozens of neighbor children passed by on their way to class.
Nepal: Optimism and Action Transform a Village
7:00-8:00 A.M. - High school study group 6:00-7:30 P.M. - Pre-school children’s learning group 8:00-9:00 P.M. - Adult literacy class
Nepal: Rising From Violence
The attackers came in the blaze of daylight on August 25, carrying a dead body inside the first of a procession of cars. They parked their Jeeps and motorcycles along the side of the blacktop highway, descended from their vehicles and rushed 50 feet into the makeshift village.
Nepal: Change Begins Within
More than 20 years ago, a 14-year-old Nepalese student began a movement to free his people — and succeeded. Today his organization is partnering with Mercy Corps to ensure not just freedom, but opportunity.
Nepal: After Slavery, Unshackling Potential
At the end of pestilence, a plague of other problems came to southwestern Nepal.
Somalia: Helping Somalia's Marginalized Minority
Borini, Somalia — Even by Somali standards, the local Bantus have it tough.
Uganda: After Twenty Years, Almost Home
Oyere, Uganda - John Bosco Akello is an important leader in this village — deputy chief, pastor, model farmer — at a time when leadership is vitally important.
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Somalia: Shoring Up Riverbanks - and Confidence
Bandarjadid, Somalia — Driving off-road toward this riverside village, there are hints of its past glory: the rusted remains of a tractor, a long-abandoned granary.