Congregational Connections

MEDA began with a group of Mennonite business people, who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Sixty-five years later, it continues today because of congregations like yours – faithfully sharing their blessings with their brothers and sisters around the globe!
Here you will find resources to help your congregation stay engaged with MEDA’s work, explore the intersection of faith and business, and stay up to date on the impact of your support. We encourage you to share these resources with your congregation as we work together to alleviate poverty.

Offering Request: Nigeria

Credit is scarce in Nigeria where 70% of people live below the poverty line. Credit for women entrepreneurs, trying to venture into emerging markets, is even less likely. Your gift will provide women entrepreneurs in Nigeria access to much needed funding to purchase equipment and expand their agri-processing businesses.

Magazine: The Marketplace

The Marketplace is MEDA’s publication exploring business solutions to poverty through a lens of faith.

Request a Speaker: MEDA representative

To request a speaker to share about MEDA’s work in your virtual service, please email communications@meda.org

2021 Resources Available for Sharing

Spring 2021 Update

Vanessa Hofer, Associate Development Officer, shares about MEDA’s vision of creating decent work for 500,000 individuals by 2030 and how your congregation can join us in our efforts to eliminate poverty through business.

MEDA Moment: Nigeria

At MEDA, we believe that all people should have the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty. For over 65 years MEDA has strived to provide business solutions to poverty so that all people may unleash their God-given potential to earn a livelihood, provide for their families and enrich their communities.

Hear how one of our current projects in Nigeria, continues to work towards that vision by empowering women entrepreneurs.

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Visit our video page for an extensive library on our work around the world.

Find fundraising and event resources on our Network page!

MEDA Connecters

We’re delighted to launch a new community of “MEDA Connecters” — supporters like you who are focused on building engagement and awareness of MEDA through your own congregation! Our Christian values are paramount to MEDA’s identity, and we’re eager to be more involved with church communities. If you are excited about integrating your faith and support of MEDA’s mission, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with additional information and resources.

About Us

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 Christian values of peace, justice and entrepreneurship. Many were eager to set up their own businesses, but they lacked financial capital and key resources.

MEDA was born out of the need to provide small businesses with capital, business training, microloans and investment. That’s what we continue to do today.