Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund

Mercy Corps started a Social Venture Fund (SVF). It aims to accelerate the growth of innovative, financially sustainable companies that are socially responsible and positively impact people in developing countries. SVF hopes to de-risk the companies it takes on and make them more attractive to later-stage investors. Since we started supporting the SVF they have made three impact investments Arifu, … Read More

E-commerce project for small-hold farmers

Mercy Corps E-commerce for small-hold farmers ORFL partnered with Mercy Corps to carry out an e-commerce project for small-hold farmers in Ya’an and Pian Ma and Da Ying. This project started in March 2016 and aimed to give the farmers and their communities skills to; set up and design online stores, create promotional material and packaging, calculate costing and profit. … Read More

Grameen Foundation Supports Micro-entrepreneurs and Strenghthens Communities

Zhou Bi Fang’s story just about sums up how microlending to the desperately poor in China can transform a life and a community. Before ARDPAS (Grameen’s local partner) offered him a loan, his life and that of his wife were similar to that of other microcredit clients – a daily struggle to feed themselves three meals a day and many … Read More