Patricia Nyandoro, 25 and her son, Taropafadzwa Blessing Shumba. They had both been rejected by their village and their family because Taropafadzwa had been born with spinal problems.

Poverty reduction internationally

Global poverty is again on the rise following the COVID-19 pandemic. MCC partners address poverty by offering resources to the most vulnerable, especially women. That includes agricultural training and support, vocational training, support for small business startups and savings and loans groups. 

Woman standing in a kitchen wearing an apron

Poverty reduction in Canada

As food and housing costs rise and the income gap widens, those already experiencing poverty are hardest hit.

MCC partners work to walk with people in poverty, provide meals and rent banks, invest in healthy communities, promote sustainable livelihoods and advocate for economic justice.

Volunteers serving with MCC's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) Greg Breslin, left, and Dale Esbin work together to repair plumbing under the mobile home of Brenda Kelsor, a homeowner near Northfork, West Virginia. Previously Brenda's floors were unsafe due to plumbing leaks over time, and bathroom fixtures were not functional.

Poverty reduction in the U.S.

In addition to advocating for policies that reduce poverty, MCC works to strengthen access to resources and services for the most vulnerable. Programs like MCC Appalachia Build (formerly SWAP) help families in Appalachia make their homes safe, warm and dry.

Stories of poverty reduction

Hear from people finding new ways to thrive through MCC's programs around the world. Listen to the voices of those walking alongside our homeless neighbors or advocating for change in Canada and the U.S.

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