MEDA’s business-solutions approach to poverty is having an amazing impact and garnering much attention. As a result, there are a growing number of opportunities to get involved – increasing impact beyond what we ever dreamed possible. Your financial gift is what makes this a reality!
Today, through our Building Enduring Livelihoods (BEL) campaign, we’re working to fund 31 major MEDA projects, which will help an estimated 10 million entrepreneurs lift their families and communities out of poverty.
Through this campaign, we’re looking to raise $50 million in private donor support, which will unlock over $300 million dollars from institutional funders to support this work. This means every $1 dollar given by private donors will be leveraged 7X in impact with matching funds from institutional partners.
Lead firms such as Pyrethrum Company of Tanzania (PCT), part of MEDA’s Strengthening Small Business Value Chain (SSBVC) project, are working to drive economic growth for over 20,000 small entrepreneurs in Tanzania. With MEDA’s help, the firm makes irrigation systems accessible to small farmers, allowing them to transform land of marginal productivity into land that can support reliable outputs. As a result, both the productivity and the price of crops have increased for clients like Mamboleo Farms. “Because of MEDA, I have upgraded my home, purchased additional livestock, and I am sending my children to school for the first time. Now I can also give back to my community, ” said Anangisye Mwankina of Mamboleo Farms, a top producing farmer for Pyrethrum Company of Tanzania.Close
Before Assibi Sumani became involved with MEDA’s GROW (Greater Opportunities for Rural Woman) program in Ghana, she and her husband struggled to send their five children to school and to repair their leaky roof.
In her first year with GROW, Assibi cultivated two acres of soybeans and harvested 10 bags, weighing approximately 1,000 kg. With the profits, she was able to build a two-bedroom house. “Now my family is not afraid of when the next rain will come. GROW has shown us how to plan and taught us agronomic practices on how to plant soybeans, helping us increase our yield.”
Assibi has seen the benefits of GROW and offers this advice to her follow women farmers: “Take you work seriously. For now, you will not see the benefit, but in the future you will improve your lives.”Close
When Nataliia Kvitka joined MEDA’s Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP) and partnered with Ukrainian Women Farmers Council (UWFC), she accessed valuable information, support, and networks to build her business selling herbal teas.
With training from UHBDP partner MASHAV, Nataliia created a website and Facebook page and learned how to reach a whole new audience online. In four months, her Facebook page had 46 orders, 22 comments, and 100 messages. “The course immensely boosted my self-confidence as an entrepreneur,” she said.
Now Nataliia wants to expand production, increase her growing area from 50 acres, and buy a building to store and dry herbs. She also plans to sell to other European countries. “We can enter the world market with this product and succeed.Close
In the United States:
Sr. Director, Resource Development, Western U.S., 620-694-7497
Sr. Development Officer, Central U.S. and Florida, 717-560-6546
Sr. Development Officer – Campaign Director, Eastern Seaboard, 717-371-4580
Sr. Development Officer, Eastern Canada, 519-823-3033
Sr. Development Officer – Western Canada, 604-505-1911
We’re excited to report that, as of April 2019, we have:
Together, we are still looking to secure $6 million in private donations to help 3.6 million families and reach our goal.
MEDA works with partners like you! We need sponsorship at all levels and thank you in advance for doing what you can to help us extend our reach – and help more people around the world build sustainable livelihoods!
Thank you to everyone who has given to this campaign. Together we are making a real and lasting change in our world.