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
Mongolia: Hard Work and Smiles for the Family of the Weeping Camel
Throughout the Gobi and much of Mongolia, the Bactrian Camel (the two-humped version) is ubiquitous. It has become an emblem for tourists and locals alike.
Mongolia: XacBank Awarded "5-Diamond Profile of the Month" Honor
Since 2001, XacBank has worked to nurture Mongolia’s emerging economy by providing loans to entrepreneurs. Today, the bank received well-deserved praise for its accomplishments: it was nominated as MIX Market’s “5-diamond profile of the month.”
United States: Inspiration Meets Opportunity
Korona Presley’s business helps encourage people during difficult times in their lives. She knows just how to express sentiments that uplift the spirit. After all, Presley has been down before.
Asila in Uzbekistan
Lebanon: Iktimal in Lebanon
Afghanistan: Lending a Hand and a Little Bit More
A long line of women extends down the staircase of the Ariana Financial Services Group (AFSG) office in Kabul. The women are eagerly waiting to collect their small business loans.
Afghanistan: A Flame of Hope
As Khadija Naziry darts from vats of melting wax to a large tray of metal candle molds, her pronounced limp almost goes unnoticed. Her energy and passion mask the past decades of hardship she suffered living in Kabul through wars, violence and oppression.
Afghanistan: A Blooming Business in Kabul
Name: Ahmad Shah RahimiAge: 25 yearsLocation: District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan) With the fall of the Taliban regime over two years ago, Ahmad’s flower business has begun to bloom.
Afghanistan: American-Style Baby Swings Sell Well in Afghanistan
Name: Najeeba HaidariAge: 36 yearsLocation: District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Asian Fashion for Kabul Women
Name: Nadjia ShujaeeAge: 33 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana Women’s Market, Kabul (Afghanistan)