Markets, whether large or small, keep communities thriving. But conflicts, disasters and a lack of infrastructure can prevent people from conducting the daily transactions on which all growth and progress depend. Around the world, Mercy Corps discovers why commerce is stuck.
In some places, manufacturers need loans to purchase equipment and young people desire job skills. In others, key transportation routes to market must be rebuilt or farmers require better storage to keep their inventory fresh until sold.
Our economic development projects provide financing, equipment, training or technical support. These projects help people find jobs, build their businesses, supply their communities with the goods they need —and improve their lives.
All stories about Economic opportunity
Indonesia: Sailing Again September 22, 2005
It was a quiet early morning, the sky filled with bright stars. The full moon shined on the roads and was reflected in the river. The light breeze made the early morning atmosphere mystifying, truly an experience that I've never had.
Indonesia: Reviving an Acehnese Beach Resort August 26, 2005
Kosovo: Living and working together in Kosovo August 19, 2005
Nedzat Cecunjanin, a young man from the village of Vitomirice/a, lived side by side with his Albanian neighbors prior to the 1999 war. The nearby town of Peja/Pec in west Kosovo was one of the most devastated areas in all of Kosovo in the spring of 1999.
Jordan: Capitalizing on Rainfall in Jordan August 18, 2005
Sri Lanka: Calling Kinniya Back to Life August 15, 2005
Mira Saheem has a hot and dusty commute. I can vouch for that because last week, I endeavored to join him on his rounds.
Lebanon: Filling Healthy Baskets August 8, 2005
Sri Lanka: Stitching Up an Industry June 24, 2005
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 June 17, 2005
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.
China: Funding the College Dream in China May 26, 2005
From 'Village Girls' to Entrepreneurs May 19, 2005
In Uzbekistan, a woman’s career options are limited. Many work hard labour – if they work at all. The unemployment rate of young people in the Ferghana Valley is thought to exceed 60 percent.