Congregational Connections

Welcome to MEDA's Congregational Connections!

MEDA began with a group of Mennonite businesspeople who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Over 70 years later, it continues today because of congregations like yours – faithfully sharing their blessings with their brothers and sisters around the globe.

We appreciate the opportunity to stay connected with your congregation. Below are digital resources for you to engage with MEDA’s work, explore the intersection of faith and business, and stay up to date on the impact of your support.

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We encourage you to share these resources with your congregation as we work together to alleviate poverty!

Spotlight Project: Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund

In this newsletter, we shine a spotlight on our project the Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund in which MEDA and its partners use bold initiatives that work through African investment funds to support early-stage, growth-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the continent.

The initiative will help advance the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, which aims to enable 30 million young people in Africa, particularly young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Join Us in Giving Thanks

MEDA is grateful to share that our first investment in Aruwa Capital Management, a Lagos based female founded and led early-stage growth equity and gender lens investment fund, announced the successful close of its first institutional fund, which was oversubscribed, surpassing its target of $20 million.

We’d like to ask you to pray with us as we give thanks for MEDA’s Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund which is helping to bring in additional capital for African entrepreneurs, particularly female entrepreneurs. It strengthens and de-risks African investment funds committed to advancing gender equity in entrepreneurship.

Consider making a gift that will positively impact many others who are a part of MEDA’s projects like the Africa Growth Fund. Visit our website to make a donation and witness the impact of your support!

The Stewardship Corner

MEDA’s Stewardship Corner connects faith to stewardship in each newsletter, providing you with the means to live out your faith through actions you take in your personal journey. This issue will touch on Sharing your Talents:

Embracing and celebrating your individual talents and skills opens a world of possibilities to positively impact others. Consider the diverse array of opportunities awaiting you!

From dedicating your time at a nearby charitable organization to lending a helping hand as a mentor to someone seeking guidance, or extending your expertise to advocate for a cause close to your heart, your God-given abilities hold potential to create a lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of those around you.

By recognizing and harnessing your talents in these various ways, you not only contribute positively to your community but also experience personal fulfillment in knowing that your gifts are serving a greater purpose.

Therefore, follow God’s calling on your life and embrace your talents wholeheartedly, and let them become a guide that allows you to touch lives, create change, and leave a beautiful impact on the world around you.

Missed MEDA Convention in Toronto? We've got you covered!

MEDA is celebrated 70 years harnessing the power of business to create sustainable and lasting solutions to poverty for entrepreneurs around the globe! For those of you who were able to attend Convention – thank you! This event could not have been a success without your support.

If you were unable to attend, no worries! Our website will have exclusive recordings of sessions and coverage of all things Convention.

We also encourage you to join us in Atlanta, Georgia next year for MEDA Convention 2024! 

Speaking Requests

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

MEDA Connecters

Passionate about building engagement and awareness of MEDA through your own congregation? Join our community of MEDA Connecters! To learn more, fill out our form below.

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Learn More About MEDA

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.

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