Success Stories

MCC publishes three types of success stories:

  • MCC Makes Headway:stories about the early phases of Compact implementation.
  • Results on the Ground: stories with anecdotal early results including either a tangible, quantifiable measure or human interest.
  • Success Story: stories of individuals benefiting from MCC programs.

Namibia Compact

Success means change for Namibian conservancy

The residents of Namibia’s ≠Khoadi-//Hôas conservancy once relied on farming and livestock for their livelihoods. Now, there is a mix of revenue sources from farming, hunting and tourism—and the potential for local communities to prosper.

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Indonesia Compact

Early Successes in Indonesia's Fight Against Stunting

MCC is part of a broad coalition of public and private organizations committed to helping children all over the world to reach their 5th birthdays and beyond. The Indonesia Compact’s health and nutrition project is already having some success.

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Burkina Faso Compact

Burkinabé take possession of their land and their future

The $60 million Rural Land Governance Project, part of MCC's compact with Burkina Faso is paving the way for greater investment in the country's rural lands and opportunities for economic growth among farmers.

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Burkina Faso Compact

Burkina Faso’s family farmers shift from local growers to regional exporters

MCC's compact with Burkina Faso has put family farmers on the path from local growers to regional exporters and fulfilled the promise of growth and prosperity through improved roads, better agriculture and land rights.

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MCC, Timor-Leste Partner to Fight Corruption

MCC and Timor-Leste worked together to curb corruption by reforming laws, conducting anti-corruption educational campaigns, bolstering the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission, and improving procurement practices.

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Mongolia Compact

In Mongolia, the Right Training for a More Successful Future

As part of MCC's $285 million compact with Mongolia, thousands of workers have received training in skills that meet international standards, placing their country in a much better position to attract investment and grow the economy.

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Mongolia Compact

Preventing Mongolia's Leading Killers

The leading killers in Mongolia are preventable diseases that are being brought under control through MCC's Health Project. With better health, Mongolians can move toward economic growth and prosperity. MCC kicks off World Health Day with this story.

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Burkina Faso Compact, Burkina Faso Threshold Program

From all Angles: BRIGHT Schools Improve Girls' Education

MCC built classrooms and launched adult literacy campaigns in the communities of Burkina Faso where girls’ education rates were the lowest. Enrollment and completion rates have increased, as have students’ math and language scores.

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Cabo Verde Compact II

How Water and Sanitation Bring Dignity to Cabo Verdeans

The Cabo Verde Compact’s Social Access Fund is helping the country’s poorest families connect their homes to the country’s water and sanitation utility networks. This is helping families save money and time while reducing incidences of waterborne diseases.

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Burkina Faso Compact

A Better Future through Poultry Production

Poultry production is an important industry—especially for women—in parts of Burkina Faso. MCC is helping many of these women address the problem of high animal mortality rates stemming from poor hygiene, malnutrition and a lack of suitable poultry houses.

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Morocco Compact

A Change in Fortune

Artisans in Morocco have upgraded cramped, unsafe workspaces in a centuries-old building in Fez for a new location that features spacious workshops and a central courtyard to sell to tourists. One coppersmith calls it paradise.

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Morocco Compact

More than Letters and Numbers

More than 30,000 adults across Morocco attended MCC-funded literacy classes, with coursework tailored to people in the fishing, agriculture and handicrafts industries. As students studied, they also learned valuable skills to help them with their jobs.

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Lesotho Compact

Working Together to Bring Water to Lesotho

MCC partnered with governments and organizations from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to help build the Metolong Dam, a key to Lesotho’s water security and one of the its largest infrastructure programs since independence in 1966.

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Lesotho Compact

Changing health care in Lesotho

MCC rehabilitated or built 138 health centers in Lesotho as part of a project aimed to mitigate the impacts of poor maternal health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases by strengthening health care infrastructure and building local capacity.

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Mozambique Compact

Staking a claim in Mozambique's future

MCC is helping thousands of Mozambicans secure a title and access to their land, allowing for greater investment potential and helping reduce land disputes. MCC is also helping improve the country's land policies and upgrade land information systems.

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Moldova Compact

Transitioning into Greater Opportunity for Moldovan Farmers

MCC is helping Moldovan farmers like Tatiana Capatina expand their business opportunities by providing access to agricultural finance.

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Mozambique Compact

Policies Matter: A Legacy of Reform Creates a Future of Opportunity for Mozambique's Water and Sanitation Sector

Access to water and sanitation play an essential role in economic development, which is why Mozambique worked with MCC and other donors to implement critical reforms in the country's water sector and to invest in the water supply and sanitation infrastructure.

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Burkina Faso Compact

A Reason to Celebrate in Burkina Faso: Organizing for Water

MCA-Burkina Faso celebrated the inauguration of water basin committees. This is just one part of MCC’s broader integrated water efforts which include institutional reform, rehabilitation of the Léry dam and the creation of an irrigated perimeter in Di.

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Mozambique Compact

Water, drainage investments support urban boom in northern Mozambique

The Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Mozambique is expanding water and sanitation services, rehabilitating a crucial dam and improving drainage—and ultimately helping fuel northern Mozambique’s economic boom.

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Morocco Compact

One Institute: Many Dreams

MCC’s Artisan and Fez Medina Project is helping about 2,100 student study traditional handicrafts at in Fez, Morocco. Students are attending classes to prepare them for careers in carpentry, ironwork, ceramics, leather, and textiles.

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Morocco Compact

More than a catch

MCC’s Small-Scale Fisheries Project aims to transform Morocco’s small-scale fisheries sector by modernizing the means of catching, storing and marketing fish and improving the quality of the catch, maintaining the value chain and increasing access to markets.

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Morocco Compact

Prosperity Among the Trees

MCC’s Fruit Tree Productivity Project aims to boost Morocco’s agricultural sector by rehabilitating existing olive trees, expanding production of olive and almond trees, helping farmers move from cereals to fruit trees, and increasing irrigation efficiency.

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Timor-Leste Threshold Program

Big Strides in the Timorese Government's Fight Against Corruption

Timor-Leste's Anti-Corruption Commission, which receives technical assistance from MCC, assisted with the investigation and provided a key witness at the trial that led to the country's first corruption-related conviction of a high-level public official.

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Indonesia Compact

Promising Start in Indonesian Fight Against Stunting

Even before implementation of MCC's Community-Based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting Project in Indonesia begins, it is already having an important effect.

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Tanzania Compact

The Road to Prosperity

MCC widened and paved 65 kilometers of road from Tanga to Horohoro in Tanzania, helping provide a vital link to regional markets. The upgrade means that a paved highway route now exists between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa for the first time.

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Cabo Verde Compact II

Early Success in Reforming Land Management in Cape Verde

In Cape Verde, MCC is addressing unclear information and inefficient land rights procedures by investing in a new computerized land administration system that aims to reduce the time it takes to register land rights.

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Lesotho Compact

MCC Strengthens Health Systems in Lesotho to Prevent and Treat HIV/AIDS

MCC is helping Lesotho address some of the key challenges in the health sector—including HIV/AIDs— through a $122 million investment in health infrastructure and strengthening health systems.

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Mongolia Compact

Women and Land: A Winning Combination for Economic Growth

MCC's $27 million Property Rights Project in Mongolia is working to increase women's awareness of the importance and benefits of owning land, and it is helping to empower women as economic actors.

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Tanzania Compact

Turning Blackouts into Opportunities

MCC's investments in Zanzibar's electrical grid should make regular blackouts a thing of the past

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Tanzania Compact

A Better Life by Working Together

The Gender Integration Program in Tanzania helped train about 1,000 people in skills like finances, organizational management and entrepreneurship to more fully integrate men and women into the economy. One group in Dodoma is already seeing big results.

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Tanzania Compact

Solar Power Brings Brighter Future for Western Tanzania

MCC brought solar power to western Tanzania, helping bring electricity for the first time to health centers, dispensaries, village markets, and secondary schools. It's the largest solar-power project in the country.

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Mozambique Compact

Clean Water Transforms Mozambican Community

Men and women throughout Mecupes describe the arrival of clean water as a monumental event. Before the arrival of Mecupes' water point, the search for water from nearby rivers took hours—much as it does across rural Mozambique.

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Lesotho Compact

One Step Closer to Achieving Gender Equality in Lesotho

The Legal Capacity of Married Person's Act of 2006, landmark legislation that the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped pass, brings gender equality one step closer in Lesotho.

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Lesotho Compact

MCC, Lesotho and Gender: What People are Saying

MCA-Lesotho developed a comprehensive strategy as part of the Gender Equality Activity to promote increased understanding and acceptance of gender equality and to ensure equal access to economic resources and opportunities.

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Burkina Faso Compact

Reliable Maps and Surveying Systems Create Opportunities for Burkina Faso

MCC's five-year, $481 million compact with Burkina Faso includes the $59.9 million Rural Land Governance Project, aimed at improving land management and land-tenure security.

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Paraguay Threshold Program, Stage II

Increasing Accountability and Transparency in Procurement Processes in Paraguay

Paraguay's recently completed Stage II Threshold Program strengthened procurement processes and accountability measures in 12 key government ministries and public offices.

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Namibia Compact

Indigenous Minority Group and Tourism Sector Partner To Create a Future Of Shared Opportunity

The Hai//om San are an indigenous minority group who historically hunted and gathered food in present-day Etosha National Park, the largest national park in northern Namibia. MCC is creating tourism-based livelihood opportunities for the Hai//om San.

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El Salvador Compact

A “New Northern Zone” with Greater Opportunities for Salvadoran Dairy Farmers

MCC helped build or improve more than 220 kilometers of roads and 23 bridges in the Northern Zone, helping link El Salvador's poorest region with the rest of the country and creating opportunities for its residents.

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El Salvador Compact

Building a Prosperous Future, One Kilometer at a Time

Elsa Bolaños, a resident of El Salvador's Northern Zone, put her decades of experience in civil engineering to work on building a section of the Northern Transnational Highway.

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El Salvador Compact

El Salvador's Commitment to Transparency, Accountability and Country Ownership

FOMILENIO, which implemented MCC's compact with El Salvador, demonstrated a commitment to country ownership, a focus on results and transparency

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Jordan Compact

MCC Completes First Major Build-Operate- Transfer Project Financing In Jordan

Jordan is among the world's driest countries. Water scarcity impacts every aspect of daily life. In response, MCC is expanding the As-Samra wastewater treatment facility by financing a major build-operate-transfer project.

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Morocco Compact

Functional Literacy Unlocks Business Opportunities for Moroccan Weavers

MCC's $32.8 million Literacy and Vocational Education Activity seeks to help fishers, smallholder farmers and artisans in the most economically disadvantaged areas of Morocco, where illiteracy is particularly prevalent.

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Morocco Compact

Country Ownership:Sharing Risk and Leveraging Resources in the Medina of Fez

The Fez Medina activity is an ambitious and challenging undertaking. The project includes renovating four 14th and 15th century fondouks as well as a public square

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Lesotho Compact

Policy Reforms in Land Administration Stimulate Private Sector Investment

MCC's five-year, $363 million compact with Lesotho is helping reform the country's land sector by registering and surveying urban land parcels, which should ultimately strengthen the country's land market and stimulate private sector investment.

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Mongolia Compact

Hazmat Training Ensures Nationwide Safe Disposal of Construction Waste

Construction often involves working with and around hazardous materials, which if left untreated can cause illness to workers, environmental destruction and long-term health problems. MCC is working to ensure the nationwide adoption of international standards.

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Namibia Compact

A Dream Come True for Namibian Students

MCC is helping students from remote provinces of Namibia learn the skills needed to work in the country's vital tourism industry.

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Namibia Compact

In Namibia, Mapping and Land Registration Are Improving Use of Communal Lands

The MCC compact in Namibia is helping individuals and communities map and register their land rights, providing increased security that will put them in a better position to invest in their individual lands and to manage and protect common resources.

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Mozambique Compact

Local Participation and Country Ownership Help Secure Land Rights in Mozambique

The MCC compact in Mozambique is funding the first systematic and large-scale land regularization and titling program in the country.

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Mongolia Compact

Contributing to a Greener Mongolia

Over the past 10 years, air pollution in the capital of Mongolia has been a growing problem

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Namibia Compact

MCC Links Namibian Women with International Markets

Most rural Namibian women's livelihoods depend substantially on harvesting and processing indigenous natural products. Through its compact with Namibia, MCC is helping Namibian women export their products to global markets.

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Ghana Compact

MCC Helps Sustain Eradication of the Guinea Worm

For ages, Ghanaians who live in the northern parts of Ghana relied on stagnant water for their main drinking supply and risked contracting Guinea worm disease. Learn how MCC's Ghana Compact helped to ensure long-term eradication of the disease.

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Mali Compact

Prosperity Takes Root in Mali

MCC's Mali compact is transforming the Alatona Zone of Mali's Ségou region into a hub of rice and vegetable production that will improve the lives of farmers and strengthen the country's food security.

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Mongolia Compact

An Innovative Approach to Selecting Project Beneficiaries: Lottery Day in Eastern Mongolia

MCC's Mongolia Compact uses an innovative approach to select project beneficiaries for one of its projects: a lottery. Learn how lottery winners are part of a pilot effort to lease land to herders for better range management.

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Ghana Compact

The Life of a Bird's Eye Chili Pepper

Diners across the world know the Bird's Eye chili pepper for the distinctive zing it brings to dishes. Members of one Ghanaian farmer-based organization know the pepper as “green gold”—and funding from MCC is helping them turn the crop into a profitable export.

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Ghana Compact

From a Road to a Highway

With a cross-sector approach to transforming agribusiness development across 30 districts in Ghana, MCC's $547 million compact undertook and completed one of Ghana's most significant infrastructure projects: a critical section of the N1 highway.

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Namibia Compact

Namibian livestock owners embrace new land management and marketing techniques

See how changes in land management, animal health and marketing at auction are helping northern Namibians increase their income.

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Tanzania Compact

MCC opens the way for two American companies to do business in Tanzania

Where many might see challenges in the Tanzanian energy sector, two American companies saw opportunity.

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Lesotho Compact

MCC is Fighting HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in Lesotho

A significant portion of MCA-Lesotho's Health Project is dedicated to rehabilitating 138 health centers that play a pivotal role in the provision of primary health care to residents in communities across the Lesotho.

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Mongolia Compact

Promoting Gender Equality Maximizes MCC Investments in Mongolia

Mongolia is a signatory to major international conventions guaranteeing equal rights to women, and gender equality objectives have been enshrined in various national laws and regulations. However, women are not always able to fully realize these rights.

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Ghana Compact

Women Rice Farmers Partner to Capitalize on New Opportunities

Ayesha Otibo is the chairwoman of the Nyohini Women's Group, a farmer-based organization comprised of 50 female entrepreneurial rice processers. These women received nine weeks of training to better develop their business and increase crop production.

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Benin Compact

MCC's Compact is Improving Benin's Business Climate

By reducing the cost of and improving access to financial resources, MCC's Benin Compact Access to Financial Services Project aims to ensure that micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises are able to take advantage of business opportunities in the region.

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Benin Compact

MCC's Investments in the Port of Cotonou Are Creating Trade Opportunities in Benin

This project in MCC's Compact with Benin reduced ship waiting times and customs clearance times allowing for more international trade growth at the port and speeding imports to landlocked West African countries.

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Armenia Compact

Smart Aid Delivered Efficiently in Armenia: Margarita's Story

Read about how the $150 million Irrigated Agriculture Project in MCC's Armenia compact helped farmers like Margarita better plan her growing season and guarantee more predictable irrigated water.

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Armenia Compact

Effective Donor Coordination in Armenia Ensures Sustainability

Partnering on irrigation canals, sharing studies for road construction, training on food safety and hygiene techniques are just a few examples of the value MCC finds in partnering with other donors.

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Armenia Compact

New technology brings opportunities for rural poor in Armenia

Robert Karapetyan tried the new laser leveling system

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El Salvador Compact

Coming Home: Salvadorans hope MCC compact attracts investment from diaspora community

A new group of investors

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Mongolia Compact

MCA Mongolia Launches New Public Health Master's Degree Program With an Eye to the Future

To combat the growth of non-communicable diseases and injuries, the Health Sciences University of Mongolia is launching a partnership with George Washington University to establish a new master's of public health program.

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Paraguay Threshold Program

Better, Faster, More Transparent: MCC Helps Paraguay Strengthen Its Health System

With MCC's Threshold Program support and starting in 2009, Paraguay's Ministry of Health developed a new, integrated system for medicines and supplies to ensure that all Paraguayans have access to essential medicines.

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Nicaragua Compact

MCA Nicaragua Strengthens Value Chains to Promote Sustainable Economic Growth

The Rural Business Development Project in MCC's Nicaragua Compact has had an important, positive impact on the dairy sector and in the lives of many farmers, particularly those growing plantains.

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Nicaragua Compact

Policies Matter: Promoting the Sustainability of MCC's Road Investments in Nicaragua

Before 2005 Nicaragua's road maintenance budget was $2.4 million for 500 km of roads. Discover how MCC's investment helped bolster both roads and road maintenance.

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Vanuatu Compact

Policies Matter: Reforms Bring Progress in Vanuatu

This additional expertise is strengthening maintenance management of not only the MCC-funded roads, but Vanuatu's entire road network.

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Nicaragua Compact

Conserving the Environment is Good for Business

MCC considers environmental sustainability a core principle because improving the quality of life of beneficiaries in the long term requires responsible management of the environment and its resources.

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Vanuatu Compact

Vanuatu's Road to Economic Growth

The $65.69 million compact with the Government of Vanuatu rehabilitated two critical roads on Efate and Santo Islands, Vanuatu's two largest islands. The 149.7 kilometers of rehabilitated roadways have become gateways to economic growth and community activity.

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Georgia Compact

Building Energy Security Through Sustainable Investments in Georgia

Prior to MCC's compact with Georgia, the nation's north-south natural gas pipeline was poorly maintained and in danger of catastrophic failure.MCC's $36 million investment

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Lesotho Compact

Promoting Gender Equality in Lesotho: Maleribe's Story

Maleribe separated from her husband and raised her children on her own. After struggling to secure a job, she saved enough money to buy property.

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Georgia Compact

A Georgian Journey: Newly Paved Road Opens Doors for Rural Business

The $203 million compact initiative improves a major transport network

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Honduras Compact

MCC is Increasing Access to Credit Through a Movable Property Registry in Honduras

Honduras' new Secured Transactions Law, the first of its kind in the region, permits Honduran businesses, entrepreneurs, farmers and others to use “movable property” like equipment, shop inventory, future crops and more as collateral when applying for credit.

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El Salvador Compact

MCC Provides New Opportunities for Thousands of Students in El Salvador

Jonathan Eliel Hernandez wakes up every weekday morning at 5:30 am to get ready for a long school day. As in many parts of rural El Salvador, public buses pass infrequently and at irregular hours. Although classes begin at 7:10 am, the earliest bus that Jonatha

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Tanzania Compact

Road Construction Activities Improve Lives of Mbinga Residents

Poor transportation infrastructure in Mbinga, Tanzania has been a contributing factor to high commodity prices and lack of access to health and education services; the MCC Compact in Tanzania includes a project upgrading the regional road from Peramiho Junction

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Burkina Faso Compact

BRIGHT Schools Are a Shining Example of Sustainable Girls' Education in Burkina Faso

Father Isidore Ouedraogo was pleasantly surprised to see that the BRIGHT schools project had already broken ground on the village of Tangasgo's first school.

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Benin Compact

Expanding Access to Markets through Benin's Port of Cotonou

Benin's MCC Compact includes a $169.5 million “Access to Markets” project that seeks to expand capacity, reduce costs, and improve the operating performance of Benin's Port of Cotonou.

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Honduras Compact, El Salvador Compact, Armenia Compact, Mali Compact

MCC Policy Reforms Show Why Resettlement Matters

Decades of international development experience have shown that involuntary resettlement can give rise to adverse economic, social, and environmental circumstances. MCC has implemented policies to eliminate or minimize these potential impacts.

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Morocco Compact

Teach a Man to Sell Fish and He'll Be Able to Feed His Family

Morocco's long coastline, spanning both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, has given rise to a vibrant fishing industry.

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Cabo Verde Compact

Expanding Opportunities through Microfinance in Cape Verde

In Cape Verde, MCC and its MCA counterpart have initiated a two-part strategy designed to support Cape Verde's long-term economic transformation through programs targeting microfinance development and improved access to credit for farmers.

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Cabo Verde Compact

MCC and Cape Verde: A Partnership for Policy Reform

The partnership with MCC created new incentives for Cape Verde to continue policy reforms at the national level and new opportunities to pursue them at the sector level as part of its investment program.

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Honduras Compact

Harvesting Out of Poverty

When we first wrote about Edras Mateo in 2009, he was receiving training through the $30.4 million Farmer Training and Development Activity in the Rural Development Project.

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Honduras Compact

MCC's Integrated Development Approach Has Produced Results in Honduras

MCC's compact with Honduras takes an integrated approach, linking investments in transportation and agricultural development.

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Honduras Compact

Policy Reforms Matter: Promoting the Sustainability of MCC Programs in Honduras

MCC and its partner countries look closely at the environment in which MCC investments are being made, and plan reforms to policies that might limit the investment's impact and sustainability.

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Vanuatu Compact

Vanuatu: Building a Road for Greater Possibilities

Not too long ago, in the village of Meten on Efate Island, Vanuatu, a mother's trip to sell her flowers and produce at the main market place in Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital, would take hours on a narrow, dusty and pothole-ridden road.

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El Salvador Compact

Mobilizing Private Sector Finance for Electricity

In May 2009, FOMILENIO's Board of Directors approved a $33 million contract with local subsidiaries of Arlington, Virginiabased AES Corporation. The contract involves private co-financing, construction, and operation of electricity distribution networks.

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Namibia Compact

The Power of Books

Francina Mutilifa plans to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, but as a 10th grader at Rehoboth High School, she is already facing a number of challenges.

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Armenia Compact

When Water Flows, Economic Growth Follows

Ashot Abrahamyan is a farmer in Armenia whose apricot orchards lie beneath picturesque purple mountains. His farm is 30 meters above the closest public canal; so in order to irrigate, he had to pump water for more than seven hours every day.

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Honduras Compact, Cabo Verde Compact, Nicaragua Compact

MCC Policy Reforms Show Why Road Maintenance Matters

Imagine: You live in a rural village and have a small family-run mango farm. During the rainy season, the main road to the marketplace is impassable; after hours of navigating through dangerous conditions, you have no choice but to turn around.

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Peru Threshold Program

Peru's Systemic Approach to Better Health

For the Quechua indigenous groups living in Sunec, a village in Peru's central highlands, getting medical attention is a challenge. Extreme weather changes make influenza viruses prevalent during the winter months.

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El Salvador Compact

Lighting the Way to Economic Growth with Green Energy

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Georgia Compact

Pipelines to Opportunity

Borjomi, a town famous for its natural mineral springs located in south-central Georgia, is a gateway to national parks in the region. The town is working to promote tourism as a means to economic growth.

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Lesotho Compact

Empowering Women in Lesotho: Actions toward Gender Equality

Maleribe Leleka lives in Pitseng, a village in northern Lesotho. In 1985, she married under customary law and moved in with her husband and his mother. A year later, Maleribe's husband was unable to secure a job and support Maleribe and their two children. In r

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Tanzania Compact

Success Story: Increasing Economic Opportunities and Minimizing Environmental Impact in Tanzania

Mafia Island, an archipelago of islets in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, is internationally recognized for its biodiversity and reef complexes that make it one of the world's most important habitats.

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Paraguay Threshold Program

Combating Corruption by Improving Identification Systems in Paraguay

Paraguayans now benefit from a modern, more secure national identification card and passport system.

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Morocco Compact

Success Story: Enhancing Literacy - Linking Practical Skills with Growth Opportunities in Morocco

Nearly 40 percent of citizens aged 15 years and older in Morocco cannot read or write, according to the 2008-2009 Annual Report on Literacy and Non-Formal Education.

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