Employee Pick of the Day: Mercado Global
Posted: Jan 03 2013
Unlike many developmental efforts, Mercado Global addresses the causes, not just the effects, of cyclical poverty. They help rural indigenous women to build their own businesses by providing them with the proper education, tools, and international markets needed to become successful artisans within their own communities.
Mercado Global's partner artisans represent one of the world’s most marginalized populations – rural indigenous women. Mercado Global provides donor-funded business education and leadership programs to help women become successful business owners. They then connect them with large-scale sales opportunities so they can turn these skills into income. With this income, artisans provide nutritious food to their families and invest in their children's education — and the community breaks the cycle of poverty.
Many of these artisans have suffered discrimination, violence, and extreme poverty, but through this innovative dual approach that combines business partnerships with educational programs, Mercado Global has helped these women to connect with sales opportunities in the U.S. on an unprecedented scale.
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