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MEDA's expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and people living in poverty in rural areas.

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

Here's how we do that:

  • Investment

    Impact Investment

    Without investment, businesses cannot expand their climate-smart initiatives, integrate women into value chains and build the capacity of local partners. MEDA provides assistance to enhance the impact of investments and help entrepreneurs build profitable businesses serving poorer customers and reducing investor risk.

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  • Gender Equality & Social Inclusion

    Gender Equality & Social Inclusion

    Women, youth, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups are often overlooked by service providers who do not view them as viable market segments. MEDA aims to reduce social and systemic barriers to their ability to earn a dignified livelihood by starting and running a business.

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  • Market Systems

    Market Systems

    Disorganization and inefficiencies within supply chains and market systems leads to unsustainable solutions that exacerbate poverty. MEDA analyzes and understands target communities, sectors and market actors, associated barriers and opportunities, and the approaches that can sustainably shift behaviors and attitudes.

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  • Inclusive Financial Services

    Inclusive Financial Services

    MEDA provides technical assistance to over 40 microfinance institutions and banks in 22 countries, encouraging the development of products. We specialize in technology for financial transactions, community-based savings and lending, and support services for micro to medium-sized enterprises.

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  • Environment & Climate Change

    Environment & Climate Change

    MEDA incorporates a range of environmental assessments that ensures our work provides ecologically sustainable approaches to poverty alleviation while also partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to promote the business case for good environmental management.

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  • Monitoring MEDA

    Monitoring MEDA's Impact

    At MEDA, measurement matters. We don’t wait until the end of our projects to evaluate success. From the moment a project begins, we gather data to understand whether our interventions are achieving the results we expected, what we can learn, and which approaches need to be refined to help our clients reach their true potential.

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Our Model

We work alongside our partners and clients, funded by both private and institutional donors. Together, we strive to alleviate poverty by creating sustainable livelihoods for women and men, measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge and the creation of more jobs.

We work in 58 countries around the world and support over 1,902,227 direct and indirect clients.

MEDA creates business solutions to poverty.