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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Sri Lanka: Mercy Corps Receives Tsunami Relief Donation from Oprah's Angel Network
Sri Lanka: Using Science to Rebuild Communities
Mercy Corps has teamed up with over 50 geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) professionals to improve relief efforts in tsunami-stricken areas of Asia.
Indonesia: Reclaiming Aceh Besar
Honduras: Sweet Success
For Victor Rodriguez, the taste of success is sweet. In fact, it has a distinct peachy flavor with hints of pineapple.
Mongolia: A Growing Market for Farmers in Mongolia
Vegetable growers and dairy producers in Mongolia's Umnugobi province (or aimag) have begun supplying local produce to one of that country's largest mineral exploration operations.
Kosovo: Milk collection center opens in Kosovo
In Kosovo, milk is building stronger communities.
Nicaragua: Lush mountains and lofty goals
Julio Obeguedo is determined to reach the top of the coffee world. He's also resolved to lift other local farmers to that lofty goal.
Nicaragua: Re-inventing tradition
Magdeleno Benavides' path is a difficult one. After fifteen minutes of hiking, he arrives at the amazingly perilous slope where he's planted coffee under a grove of indigenous trees.
Nicaragua: An integrated farm brings new independence in Nicaragua
The coffee crisis has meant harder times for Birgina Morales and her family. Her husband has grown coffee all his life, and his father before him. Most of their meager livelihood came from the coffee harvest each year.