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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Mongolia: Oasis in the Gobi Desert
[Editor's note: This story was prepared by Layton Croft, Program Director for Information Systems with the Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative. Other stories he has written about the positive impact partnerships and information have played in Mongolia’s rural development.]
Mongolia: Harbinger of Prosperity in the Gobi Region
Mercy Corps Recieves $10 Million Grant for Reintegration of Ethnic Minorities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mercy Corps has won a $10 million grant for an Economic and Community Revitalization Activity to address the crucial and evolving needs of war-affected communities in Croatia and facilitate minority refugee return to Bosnia.
United States: Tan Nguyen
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Kosovo: Mercy Corps' Small Enterprise Development Program Celebrates Milestone
In March 2001, the Agency for Finance in Kosovo (AFK) disbursed its 100th loan to Mr. Xhevdet Dranqolli, a 39 year-old tailor from Peja, Kosovo. The 100th loan signifies AFK's successful transition to a local finance institution.
Mercy Corps Participates in Global Food Program
Mongolia: Mercy Corps To Help Rural Mongolians With $4.4 Million Program
Mercy Corps has been selected by the Government of Mongolia to receive and sell 40,000 metric tons of wheat donated by the US Department of Agriculture.
Mercy Corps Prepares For Expansion of Serbia Program
Mercy Corps Belgrade prepares to expand its aid in response to the dramatic changes occurring in Serbia.