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Creating business solutions to poverty


MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates - is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For over 65 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measureable and replicable.


MEDA began as an association of Mennonite business people who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission.


MEDA has worked in over 70 countries and brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital. As an early leader in blended finance MEDA leverages public and private funding to advance social enterprises around the world that are positively impacting social, environmental and governance challenges in their communities.


We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that
unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

Vision

That all people may unleash their God-given potential to earn a livelihood, provide for families and enrich communities.


Mission

MEDA creates business solutions to poverty.


Values

Collaboration: We value inclusive and diverse partnerships regardless of income, gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality or religion. We build relationships of trust and peace.


Accountability: We manage human, financial and environmental resources with care and integrity. 


Respect: We treat clients, colleagues and partners with respect and dignity. 


Entrepreneurship: We seek sustainable innovation. We promote justice by partnering with entrepreneurial people experiencing poverty to attain business success.


History

MEDA's origins are rooted in the aftermath of the second World War when thousands of Russian Mennonites fled as refugees to the country of Paraguay. There, they established strong communities that were grounded in peace, justice and entrepreneurship. Many of the people that fled violence in Russia were skilled craftspeople and capable farmers and were eager to set up their own businesses, but they lacked financial capital, and key resources.

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Theory of Change

Theory of Change

MEDA's work is built on a foundation of Mennonite business roots and faith-based values, within the global context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe business solutions are effective interventions to address poverty. Through a market-systems approach and strategic partnerships, MEDA enables access to finance and provides business and technical expertise to build transformative agri-food market systems that create decent jobs, allowing traditionally excluded groups to become active participants in a sustainable economy.

2019 Annual Report

Through your generous support, MEDA continued to make a lasting impact in FY19, helping 842,947 clients in 76 countries realize healthier, more economically sustainable lives through our work with 543 project and investment partners.

 

 

 

Building sustainable solutions

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