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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United States: Mercy Corps to Launch On-Line Service for Entrepreneurs
Mercy Corps has acquired MicroMentor, an innovative on-line service for entrepreneurs, from the Aspen Institute, which created the program and launched it in the United States.
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Mongolia: The Rich Yellow Desert
True Soul Food
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The Daughter Also Rises
Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Selma Samail is a hero. However, when she looks in her hairdressing mirror, she doesn't see it that way at all. Humble and quiet, she only sees a daughter who works hard to support her father, mother and older sister.
Q&A: Restoring Dignity
Nearly a decade ago, Pam Eser was an unsatisfied investment banker on vacation in Vietnam. "I didn't feel like my career was very fulfilling," she says now. She knew the money industry, but wanted to do something to help people who don't have much money.
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Afghanistan: Forsaking the Flower for a More Hopeful Future
As Afghanistan struggles to lift itself from decades of conflict and oppression, a flower threatens to keep its society down.