6 international organizations that support jobs and businesses

Many organizations, both in the United States and abroad, seek to help entrepreneurial individuals and small businesses through microfinance and other means. Here are six organizations that support job creation and new businesses around the world.

5. EcoLogic - 4 Central American countries and Mexico

EcoLogic operates in four Central American countries and Mexico.

One thing always leads to the next. This is certainly true of the work of EcoLogic, which utilizes the restoration, conservation, and protection of the environment to produce sustainable livelihoods and human development. The organization operates in Mexico and the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. EcoLogic isn’t your average nonprofit in terms of swooping in and doing everything itself: instead, it puts individuals and communities in charge of the work need for long-term growth and sustainability. This work is divided into five areas: water resource management, forest conservation, the CarbonPlus program, payment for ecosystem services, and sustainable livelihood alternatives. What has made EcoLogic’s activities successful is the organization’s learning philosophy: “We learn from our partners and collaborators, as they do from us, and we look for ways to spread the lessons we have learned together to other villages, communities, provinces and countries. … We transform the activities of individuals into an expanding mosaic of complementary effort and impact.”

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