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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Microfinance is considered to be one of the most effective tools to combat poverty, but the question that one needs to ask is: "Do poor people get access to financial services through microfinance?"
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Afghanistan: Harvesting A New Generation of Leaders
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Kosovo: Finding common ground in Kosovo
Caring for bees is more than just a job or a hobby to Metush Maxuti. It is his passion. Maxuti, a beekeeper and head of The Beekeepers Association in Cernica, Kosovo, believes that people living in Kosovo can learn an important lesson from the insects he loves.
Mongolia: World Bank President Praises Mongolia Bank
Indonesia: From Rags to Riches
An Indonesian organization in Jampang Bogor, West Java has found a unique way to earn extra income and thanks in part to a small grant from Mercy Corps what started out as a hobby has turned into a small business.
Southern Serbia Program Making an Immediate Impact
From bakeries to bee associations, one of Mercy Corps’ newest programs is providing a needed stimulus to economically depressed communities and small businesses in southern Serbia.
Mongolia: Market Watch Keeping Herders in Mongolia Informed
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