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.
All stories about Economic opportunity
Sri Lanka: Stitching Up an Industry
Over the last three months, Mercy Corps has partnered with Singer Sewing Machine Company to help Sri Lankan seamstresses revive their businesses.
India: Mending Nets
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.
China: Funding the College Dream in China
From 'Village Girls' to Entrepreneurs
In Uzbekistan, a woman’s career options are limited. Many work hard labor – if they work at all. The unemployment rate of young people in the Ferghana Valley is thought to exceed 60 percent.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
After graduating from secondary school, 18-year-old Maftuna found herself like many of her peers in the 4,500-person Galatoy community near Margilan, Uzbekistan: jobless with few prospects for employment.
China: Working Together to Fight Poverty
Two hours into Matthew De Galan’s presentation on non-profit fundraising, his audience is surprisingly lively and attentive. “How do you demonstrate value to donors?” one wants to know. “How often should you report back to supporters on your progress?” asks another.
China: Growing Economies in China
Behind the headlines about China’s double-digit Gross Domestic Product growth and thriving middle class, there is a more complicated story of entire regions that continue to live in desperate poverty.
China: Reaching New Heights
Fuan, a bustling coastal city of three million people, appears to have a lot going for it: plentiful natural resources, an important military base and a major trading partner just across the water.
Sri Lanka: Lights of Hope
The big day is finally here.
Sri Lanka: Putting Fish Back on Bicycles
The fish are back.