MEDA Chapter - Lancaster

Chapter Chair: Hans Weaver
Chapter Contact: Carol Eby-Good
Tel: 717-560-6546

Lancaster Chapter Breakfast with Mike Sarco

 Join us Tuesday, October 25 for the Lancaster Chapter Breakfast!

This fall, travel with us to East Africa as we kick off the Lancaster chapter fundraising project!

Mike Sarco, MEDA’s seasoned field Project Manager in Kenya will share about how business development is improving the livelihoods of entrepreneurs in Kenya. Mike has over 35 years of work experience in rural development, entrepreneurial, NGO, Government and Private Sector positions and has worked in many countries around the world to bring community growth and prosperity. He brings a practical and innovative approach to assisting the rural poor find profitable solutions to difficult problems in challenging environments.

Enjoy a flavorful breakfast catered by Rafiki’s traditional African Cuisine as you engage with MEDA’s mission of bringing prosperity to the private sector in Kenya. While Kenya is generally one of the more developed countries on the African content, high levels of inequality and poverty persist, especially in rural areas. Unemployment rates in Kenya are very high at 40%, with unemployment among youth particularly high at 70%. While many job opportunities exist in Nairobi, limited opportunities exist outside of the capital.

The Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) project or Maendeleo Sawa (M-Sawa) is focused on supporting economic growth in Kenya through working with small entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture, construction, and extractives sectors. MEDA’s goal is to reach 20,000 entrepreneurs and strengthen the profitability and competitiveness of 250 SME’s/Lead Firms assisted. The project and its partners will employ a lead firm approach, targeting SMEs which have the potential to impact a large number of smallholder farmers, small entrepreneurs and other SMEs in their supply chains. The project will also encourage businesses to use more environmentally-friendly technologies and practices and to pay particular attention to supporting women-led businesses and improved gender practices.

Witness the incredible outcomes of community growth that occurs when people living in poverty have the tools they need to develop their businesses. Kick off Lancaster chapter’s fundraising project with us! We hope you’ll join us for an inspiring morning!

Time: 7:30 – 8:45am
Location: Meeting Rooms 1&2, Southern Market Center, 100 S Queen St., Lancaster
Parking is available on W Vine St, or in the Central Garage at 43 S Prince St.
RSVP by October 21: Allison Nafziger at 717-560-6546 or

Women Empowering Women 

MEDA and the Lancaster Chapter are launching a women’s group in May. The group, called “Women Empowering Women with MEDA,” will meet quarterly to promote the importance of women's economic empowerment as a catalyst for positive change in the world.

Women Empowering Women with MEDA will provide an opportunity for women to learn about issues facing women in developing countries, as well as MEDA's projects that empower women to rise above social and cultural barriers toward improved livelihoods. Women who are members of Women Empowering Women with MEDA will have unique and meaningful opportunities to engage with MEDA projects in various countries around the world, including Ghana, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Kenya.

We invite you to join this group! Mark your calendars for our next meeting:
Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Candy Factory (342 N. Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603)
Click here to download a PDF with a map and instructions for where to find parking.
RSVP: Allison Nafziger at 717-560-6546 or

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