MEDA Annual Report 2023

Pictured Above: Paulina is the CEO of M.N Super Rice Ltd. in Tanzania. With MEDA’s support, Paulina’s company has been able to reach and build relationships with more rice farmers, supporting an improved rice value chain and the creation of more jobs.
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Who We Are

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty.

For 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable, 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.

What We Do

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. We work alongside our partners and clients, funded by both private and institutional donors, striving to alleviate poverty by creating and sustaining decent jobs for women and men. Success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of more decent work.

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.

Anna is the Managing Director of NAKI Group Ltd., a leading firm in Tanzania’s sunflower oil value chain. Through MEDA’s FEGGE project, Anna acquired a refinery machine and has increased NAKI’s processing capacity and quality standards

Who We Are

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty.

For 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable, 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.

What We Do

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. We work alongside our partners and clients, funded by both private and institutional donors, striving to alleviate poverty by creating and sustaining decent jobs for women and men. Success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of more decent work.

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.

Anna is the Managing Director of NAKI Group Ltd., a leading firm in Tanzania’s sunflower oil value chain. Through MEDA’s FEGGE project, Anna acquired a refinery machine and has increased NAKI’s processing capacity and quality standards
Anna is the Managing Director of NAKI Group Ltd., a leading firm in Tanzania’s sunflower oil value chain. Through MEDA’s FEGGE project, Anna acquired a refinery machine and has increased NAKI’s processing capacity and quality standards

Who We Are

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty.

For 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable, 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.

What We Do

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. We work alongside our partners and clients, funded by both private and institutional donors, striving to alleviate poverty by creating and sustaining decent jobs for women and men. Success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of more decent work.

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.

Letter from the Board Chair and President & CEO

It is with great pleasure that we share the FY23 Annual Report for MEDA. It reflects a year of resilience, growth, and unwavering commitment to our mission. Our collective efforts have propelled MEDA to create a lasting impact in our communities. Reflecting on the past year, we recall the strides we have taken to clarify our governance, reimagine our role, and localize our work to stay relevant.

We are thrilled to share our progress toward our bold goal of creating decent work opportunities for 500,000 people. Through strategic initiatives, innovative programs, and grassroots interventions, we have contributed to empowering individuals and communities to transform across the agri-food ecosystem. We have embraced the ethos of partnership, as no one organization has the solution for what is needed. We continue to encourage sustainable agribusinesses, ensuring food security and economic stability across our local and regional food systems.

As we note our achievements, we are humbled to mark MEDA’s 70th anniversary of creating business solutions to poverty. For seven decades, we have embraced innovation, harnessed the spirit of entrepreneurship, and championed the innate potential of individuals to uplift themselves and their families. This legacy is a testament to the enduring values that have guided us since our beginning, and it continues to inspire us as we forge ahead into the future.

None of it would have been possible without the collective dedication and passion of our team, partners, clients, and supporters. Our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to MEDA’s success, whether through time, expertise, or resources. Your unwavering commitment fuels our drive to contribute to lasting change.

In this report, you will find an overview of our achievements, our financial stewardship, and the stories of the lives and communities we continue to transform. Together, they weave a tapestry of progress, resilience, and the unyielding pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

As we reflect on FY23, we look ahead with optimism and determination. The challenges we face are ever evolving, but so too is our resolve to change the world. Together, we will drive innovation, expand our reach, and empower individuals and communities for a brighter future.

In closing, our deepest thanks to our partners, donors, board members, and supporters for their trust and commitment to MEDA. Your belief in our mission fuels our resolve. Thank you for being part of MEDA and for your devotion to our mission. Together, we will continue to make a meaningful impact in the world.

With gratitude,

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi
Chief Executive Officer & President
Gregory Gaeddert
Chair

Results and Resources

MEDA is committed to measuring lasting impact. Gathering data on our work informs our decisions, adaptations, and interventions. By collecting and analyzing data, we are better positioned to respond to changing contexts and to contribute to the economic empowerment of our clients in meaningful ways. Check out Our Impact for more.

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Decent work opportunities created or sustained for employees and small entrepreneurs

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Net promoter scores

Net promoter scores measure satisfaction with an organization on a scale of -100 to +100. Above 30 is a great result!

Our work contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

While MEDA contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we focus in particular on SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth.

MEDA partners with local private, public, and civil society actors, strengthening individuals, institutions, communities, and ecosystems, thereby contributing to sustainable and inclusive systemic change. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our donors.

Major Funders

1,995 Individual Donors
Global Affairs Canada
Partners
Networks

Where We Work

LEAP: Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Pacific

Country Nicaragua Nicaragua & Guatemala Haiti Phillipines
Country
Project Name
Nicaragua
Technolinks+
Nicaragua & Guatemala
Women’s empowerment for Central America (WE4CA) *
Haiti
Supporting high potential micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)in Haiti (ATTEINDRE– ATTAIN)
Phillipines
Resilience and Inclusion through Investment for Sustainable Agrikultura (RIISA)*
Country
Funder
Nicaragua
Global Affairs Canada
Nicaragua & Guatemala
USAID
Haiti
Global Affairs Canada
Country
Decent Work
Nicaragua
Nicaragua & Guatemala
Haiti
649
Phillipines
Country
Direct Clients
Nicaragua
1,560
Nicaragua & Guatemala
837
Haiti
5,103
Phillipines
760
Country
Expenses
Nicaragua
$1,267,593
Nicaragua & Guatemala
$774,892
Haiti
$3,337,933
Phillipines
$748,298

WAMENA: West Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Country Ghana Nigeria Senegal
Country
Project Name
Ghana
Farmers’ Economic Advancement through Seedlings (FEATS)
Nigeria
Greater Rural Opportunities for Women 2 (GROW 2)
Senegal
Youth Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment in Northern Nigeria (NIGERIA WAY)
Adaptation et Valorisation Entrepreneuriales en Irrigation (et Agriculture) Rurales (AVENIR)
Initiative pour la Résilience Economique des Micro, Moyennes et Petites entreprises (IREM)
Country
Funder
Ghana
Global Affairs Canada
Nigeria
Mastercard Foundation
Country
Decent Work
Ghana
21,901
Nigeria
Senegal
79
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11,464
Country
Direct Clients
Ghana
120,408
Nigeria
45,147
Senegal
17,861
4,399
11,077
Country
Expenses
Ghana
$468,201
Nigeria
$2,326,151
Senegal
$2,451,997
$2,507,598
$799,780

ESCA: Eastern, Southern and Central Africa

Country Ethiopia Kenya Tanzania Kenya/Rwanda Tanzania/Uganda
Country
Project Name
Ethiopia
Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agribusiness (EMERTA) 
Kenya
Equitable Prosperity through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD – MSAWA)
Tanzania
Leveraging Equality for Gender-inclusive Economic Development (LEGEND)
Kenya/Rwanda
Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa Plus (VIRCA Plus)
Tanzania/Uganda
Feminist Entrepreneurs Growing Green Economies (FEGGE)
Leveraging Equality for Gender-inclusive Economic Development (BASICS II)
VIRCA Deployment
RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for Rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution Of Seeds (RAPID Banana)
Country
Funder
Ethiopia
Global Affairs Canada
Kenya
USAID & Danforth Center
Tanzania
Global Affairs Canada
Kenya/Rwanda
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Country
Decent Work
Ethiopia
9,228
Kenya
2,327
Tanzania
Kenya/Rwanda
80
Tanzania/Uganda
93
490
62
Country
Direct Clients
Ethiopia
16,172
Kenya
7,932
Tanzania
Kenya/Rwanda
20
Tanzania/Uganda
3,442
14,144
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Country
Expenses
Ethiopia
$2,468,079
Kenya
$979,170
Tanzania
$1,243,342
Kenya/Rwanda
$424,477
Tanzania/Uganda
$1,941,360
$851,710
$173,993
$1,328,665

Global

Region African Continent Multi-Country South-East Asia
Region
Project Name
African Continent
Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund
Multi-Country
Trading Up
South-East Asia
Emerging Markets Impact Investing Fund (EMIIF)
Region
Funder
African Continent
Mastercard Foundation
Multi-Country
Global Affairs Canada
South-East Asia
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Region
Decent Work
African Continent
722
Multi-Country
1,011
South-East Asia
Region
Direct Clients
African Continent
2
Multi-Country
2,566
South-East Asia
2
Region
Expenses
African Continent
$9,164,986
Multi-Country
$212,552
South-East Asia
$168,233

To explore each of MEDA’s projects, check out our Where We Work page.

Tackling Food Insecurity and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

NovFeed wins first place at the MEDA Convention Pitch Competition and goes on to win the prestigious $1M Milken-Motsepe Prize for agricultural technology*

In today’s world, where population growth poses challenges to both food security and the environment, innovative solutions are vital. NovFeed, the 2022 co-winner of the MEDA Pitch Competition, is delivering one such solution to address the pressing issue of animal feed production and its impact on our planet. Founded by Diana Orembe, NovFeed is at the forefront of the fight against carbon dioxide emissions and the depletion of natural food sources.

With global population growth, the demand for fish protein is rising dramatically. Traditional fish feed production, which is reliant on fishmeal or soy, contributes to CO2 emissions and places immense pressure on limited resources. It is also a costly process, with fish farmers spending up to 70% of their production budget on expensive feed.

NovFeed offers a revolutionary protein feed solution that is nutritionally comparable to traditional fishmeal but without the need for wild-caught fish and farmed soy. Their innovative technology transforms organic waste – a potent greenhouse gas emitter – into protein using bacteria. This approach drives a circular economy and reduces the strain on our environment.

NovFeed’s technology also offers a solution to the global food crisis. By providing a sustainable, cost-effective, and nutritious alternative to traditional animal feed, NovFeed is contributing to a more secure and sustainable food future.

Following their success at the 2022 MEDA Pitch Competition, NovFeed wasted no time in harnessing the momentum and support they received. They rapidly scaled operations to meet the growing demand for their innovative feed solution, reaching regions where the environmental impact of traditional animal feed production is most present. They are also creating decent work opportunities by engaging their community in the production process. As they continue to innovate, NovFeed aims to expand their reach and make a significant impact on the aquaculture and meat sectors – creating jobs and promoting food security and environmental protection.

Tackling Food Insecurity and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

NovFeed wins first place at the MEDA Convention Pitch Competition and goes on to win the prestigious $1M Milken-Motsepe Prize for agricultural technology*

In today’s world, where population growth poses challenges to both food security and the environment, innovative solutions are vital. NovFeed, the 2022 co-winner of the MEDA Pitch Competition, is delivering one such solution to address the pressing issue of animal feed production and its impact on our planet. Founded by Diana Orembe, NovFeed is at the forefront of the fight against carbon dioxide emissions and the depletion of natural food sources.

With global population growth, the demand for fish protein is rising dramatically. Traditional fish feed production, which is reliant on fishmeal or soy, contributes to CO2 emissions and places immense pressure on limited resources. It is also a costly process, with fish farmers spending up to 70% of their production budget on expensive feed.

NovFeed offers a revolutionary protein feed solution that is nutritionally comparable to traditional fishmeal but without the need for wild-caught fish and farmed soy. Their innovative technology transforms organic waste – a potent greenhouse gas emitter – into protein using bacteria. This approach drives a circular economy and reduces the strain on our environment.

NovFeed’s technology also offers a solution to the global food crisis. By providing a sustainable, cost-effective, and nutritious alternative to traditional animal feed, NovFeed is contributing to a more secure and sustainable food future.

Following their success at the 2022 MEDA Pitch Competition, NovFeed wasted no time in harnessing the momentum and support they received. They rapidly scaled operations to meet the growing demand for their innovative feed solution, reaching regions where the environmental impact of traditional animal feed production is most present. They are also creating decent work opportunities by engaging their community in the production process. As they continue to innovate, NovFeed aims to expand their reach and make a significant impact on the aquaculture and meat sectors – creating jobs and promoting food security and environmental protection.

Recently Completed Projects and Lessons Learned

We are dedicated to making a lasting difference by ensuring that our clients are equipped with access to the resources they need long after our projects end.

We do this by working at a systems level and in partnership with others. This ensures thriving businesses continue to evolve within a favorable enabling environment that can support their growth. The following two examples are from recently closed projects and spotlight the lessons MEDA learned.

FEATS project in Ghana (2015-2022)

Partner: Cocobod Ghana

Improved the economic well-being of women and men farmers working in four tree crops industries (cocoa, shea, cashew, and rubber) within 11 regions in Ghana. The project improved the productivity and income of farmers through access to improved seeds, planting techniques, markets, and business environments.

What We Learned

Tailored and fit-for-purpose capacity-strengthening programs, including mentoring, are most effective for driving business growth. Capacity strengthening in key business activities such as advertising and business record keeping is impactful in helping to build sustainable businesses. Women farmers also benefit from tailored interventions to increase their access to finance and grow their businesses.

Budget

$10.7M Global Affairs Canada
$11.5M MEDA Private Supporters

Results

21,901 Jobs Created and Sustained
120,408 Individuals and Businesses Served

Value Chain Impact

4,178,400 Cashew Seedlings Supplied to 24,240 Farmers
30% Increase in Cashew Tree Crop Value
28% Increase in Rubber Tree Crop Value

M-SAWA project in Kenya (2015-2022)

Partner: 46 Local Implementing Partners

Contributed to Kenya’s economic growth and increased jobs for Kenyans by improving the business, environmental, and gender performance of small and medium-sized enterprises and small entrepreneurs.

What We Learned

M-SAWA required the cooperation and partnership of various stakeholders including governments, businesses, communities, and nonprofit organizations. These partnerships should be undertaken at the design phase of the project and not after the grant is awarded.

Budget

$18.3M Global Affairs Canada
$20.6M MEDA Private Supporters

Results

54,314 Jobs Created and Sustained
55,742 Individuals Served
314 Businesses Served

Towards an Equal World

MEDA made significant strides toward achieving our strategic objectives. We exceeded our decent work target for the year, and we remain on course to meet our ten-year goal of creating or sustaining decent work for 500,000 individuals in the Global South by 2023. Our commitment to delivering high-quality programs in the agri-food sector has remained unwavering, and we’ve deepened our programmatic approaches across key countries.

We’re actively working to ensure our systems, policies, processes, and design of initiatives are focused on putting in place the structural transformation MEDA needs to make to effectively redefine our role while ensuring an adequate shift of power from the Global North to the Global South. Working in partnership for complementarity and for systems-level change has also been a driving force in this transition to the Global South leading in the solutions that make the most difference for them.

EXCEEDED TARGET BY 42%

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Strengthening the Manioc Value Chain to Thrive in Haiti

Jerusalem Shop and the ATTAIN Project

Raphael is the owner and operator of Jerusalem Shop, a small agricultural equipment business in Haiti specializing in agricultural equipment for coffee, cacao, corn, and manioc – also known as cassava flour.

Raphael saw rising demand for his manioc processing machines over time but he was denied credit to expand his business. MEDA’s USAID ATTEINDRE project recognized this challenge and helped to improve productivity by growing the sector’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). 

During this initiative, Jerusalem Shop became a key player in strengthening the manioc value chain by providing equipment to producers. Raphael also began to expand the shop’s inventory including selling stoves to cook processed cassava. These included propane cookstoves, which are more cost effective and have a lower environmental footprint than Haiti’s traditional charcoal stoves.

Through Jerusalem Shop, communities in Haiti are learning the benefits of converting to propane cookstoves. Raphael was also supported in developing a business plan and was linked to a local financial institution to access credit and financial advice to purchase more inventory, expand Jerusalem Shop, and hire more workers.

Raphael’s business is one of 2,500 MSMEs in Haiti’s manioc sector supported by the ATTEINDRE project. Haiti’s manioc sector now has the chance to thrive – with the ATTEINDRE program supporting 649 decent jobs across the value chain.

Strengthening the Manioc Value Chain to Thrive in Haiti

Jerusalem Shop and the ATTAIN Project

Raphael is the owner and operator of Jerusalem Shop, a small agricultural equipment business in Haiti specializing in agricultural equipment for coffee, cacao, corn, and manioc – also known as cassava flour.

Raphael saw rising demand for his manioc processing machines over time but he was denied credit to expand his business. MEDA’s USAID ATTEINDRE project recognized this challenge and helped to improve productivity by growing the sector’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). 

During this initiative, Jerusalem Shop became a key player in strengthening the manioc value chain by providing equipment to producers. Raphael also began to expand the shop’s inventory including selling stoves to cook processed cassava. These included propane cookstoves, which are more cost effective and have a lower environmental footprint than Haiti’s traditional charcoal stoves.

Through Jerusalem Shop, communities in Haiti are learning the benefits of converting to propane cookstoves. Raphael was also supported in developing a business plan and was linked to a local financial institution to access credit and financial advice to purchase more inventory, expand Jerusalem Shop, and hire more workers.

Raphael’s business is one of 2,500 MSMEs in Haiti’s manioc sector supported by the ATTEINDRE project. Haiti’s manioc sector now has the chance to thrive – with the ATTEINDRE program supporting 649 decent jobs across the value chain.

MEDA Risk Capital Fund

MEDA’s Risk Capital Fund (MRCF) investment assets contribute to poverty alleviation by coming alongside MEDA’s program work, supporting local economic growth, creating jobs and decent working conditions, and promoting gender equality. This portfolio of investments in viable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and funds in emerging markets brings a unique competitive advantage to MEDA’s work in the international development sector. The Fund prioritizes stakeholder returns above traditional shareholder returns. Although financial returns are essential to ensure we steward the funds we are blessed with (sustainable, evergreen), the most critical aspect of the MRCF is using the funds to align with MEDA’s impact goals.

Enduring Impact

Invest in impactful SMEs and funds to promote sustainable and equitable growth

Agile Process

An investment process that moves at the speed of our entrepreneurs

Flexible Investing

An investment approach that evolves with the rapidly changing global context

Recycled Capital

An evergreen fund reinvesting capital and investment returns into perpetuity

Key Investment Assets

Financial Statements

 

MEDA International Combined Balance Sheet—Audited

As at June 30, 2023 (stated in ‘000s US Dollars)

 

Current assets

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Cash and short-term deposits 2,261 52,459 54,720 60,427
Accounts receivable and prepayments 21 393 414 434
Advances to country programs and partners – 9,205 9,205 4,897
Total current assets 2,282  62,057  64,339  65,758

Long-term assets

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Investments 19,462 – 19,462 20,308
Capital assets – 750 750 1,457
Total long-term assets 19,462  750  20,212  21,765 
Total Assets 21,744 62,807 84,551 87,523

Current liabilities

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 154 7,880 8,034 610
Deferred revenue – 49,960 49,960 57,556
Due to country programs and partners – 271 271 416
Total current liabilities 3,107 58,111 61,218 60,048

Long-term liabilities

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Loans payable 1,000 – 1,000 3,000

Net assets

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Unrestricted 17,637 4,696 22,333 24,475
  21,744  62,807  84,551  87,523

 

MEDA International Combined Statement of Operations and Changes in Unrestricted Net Assets—Audited

For the Year Ended June 30, 2023 (stated in ‘000s US Dollars)

 

Programming Revenue

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

   Development programs – 24,699 24,699 25,846
   Fund of fund programs – 9,233 9,233 232
Private contributions 1,016 6,178 7,194 9,201
Other revenue – 412 412 88
Total revenue 1,016 40,522 41,538 35,367

Programming Expenses

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

East & Central Africa – 9,502 9,502 8,612
West Africa – 17,040 17,040 7,279
Latin America & Asia Pacific – 6,115 6,115 7,872
Total program expenses –    32,658  32,658  23,763 

Supporting services

MEDA Risk Capital Fund 2023

MEDA Operations 2023

Total 2023

Total 2022

Management & General 557 7,423 7,980 6,240
Fundraising/Constituent Engagement – 2,590 2,590 2,314
MRCF Investment Expenses 183 373 557 669
Total supporting services 740 10,387 11,127 9,223
Total expenses 740  43,045  43,785  32,986 
Operating (deficit)/surplus 276 (2,523) (2,247) 2,381
Currency adjustments – 44 44 (45)
Gains/losses on investments (466) 316 (149) 682
Non-operating gains/losses (466) 360 (106) 637
Total (deficit)/surplus 742 (2,883) (2,141) 1,744
Unrestricted assets – Beginning of the year 16,895 7,579 24,475 22,731
Unrestricted assets – End of the year 17,637 4,696 22,333 24,475

MEDA International Expenses

Your Engagement as a MEDA Member

In the face of ongoing global economic challenges, MEDA’s mission to combat poverty through innovative business solutions is more crucial than ever. We are deeply grateful for the unwavering support of our committed donors, partners, and volunteers. With your generous contributions, MEDA continues to empower entrepreneurs worldwide, providing them with essential resources to cultivate thriving farms and businesses.

Your support is the driving force behind MEDA’s transformative impact on agri-food market systems. Together, we are not only assisting individual entrepreneurs, but also catalyzing systemic changes that uplift and sustain entire communities. Your dedication fuels our mission, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for making this possible. Thank you!

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MEDA Convention 2022

Celebrating Entrepreneurship

In November 2022, MEDA was thrilled to once again host an in-person Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Donors, colleagues, clients, and partners from around the globe joined us to explore and discuss the intersection of work, faith, and international development.

Convention 2022: Celebrating Entrepreneurs hosted 371 attendees as we joined together to celebrate the transformative power of entrepreneurship.

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The MEDA Network

Creating Community Around Support of MEDA’s Work and Values 

We are very grateful to our Network Hubs – affinity groups of supporters throughout North America, actively engaged in and passionate about MEDA’s mission to provide business solutions to poverty. Our Hubs were eager to connect post-pandemic. There were 30 community events held throughout Canada and the United States. 

If you haven’t already checked out this incredible networking opportunity, we invite you to learn more by connecting with a MEDA Network Hub near you! 

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FY23 Board of Directors

MEDA International

Greg Gaeddert – Chair
Kansas, USA

Jeremy Showalter – Vice Chair
Washington, USA

Karin Krahn – Treasurer
Alberta, Canada

Jim Miller – Secretary
Florida, USA

Andrea Kuhl
Manitoba, Canada

Andreas Quiring
Bonn, Germany

Bethany Fosdyck
Illinois, USA

Brent Gingerich
Ontario, Canada

Crystal Weaver
Pennsylvania, USA

Elke Horsch
Schwandorf, Germany

Ferdinand Rempel
Friesland, Paraguay

Janet Andres
British Columbia, Canada

Jenny Shantz
Ontario, Canada

Jim Alvarez
Indiana, USA

Marianne Unruh
California, USA

Myrl Nofziger
Indiana, USA

Rob Schlegel
Ontario, Canada

Verda Beachey
Florida, USA

MEDA Canada

Rob Schlegel – Chair
Ontario, Canada

Albert (Bert) Friesen – Vice Chair
Manitoba, Canada

Karin Krahn – Secretary / Treasurer
Alberta, Canada

Chad Horning
Indiana, USA

Patricia Erb
Ontario, Canada

Ryan Good
Ontario, Canada

Tara Proper
Ontario, Canada

MEDA United States

Jim Miller – Chair
Florida, USA

Crystal Weaver – Vice Chair
Pennsylvania, USA

Bethany Fosdyck – Secretary
Illinois, USA

Andreas Quiring – Treasurer
Bonn, Germany

Myrl Nofziger
Indiana, USA

Verda Beachey
Florida, USA

MEDA Impact Investments

Gary Leis – Chair/ Secretary / Treasurer
Ontario, Canada

Robert Shuh
Ontario, Canada

John Schroeder
British Columbia, Canada

Gregory Gaeddert
Kansas, USA

Rob Schlegel
Ontario, Canada

Rebecca Smid
Kansas, USA

MEDA (Mauritius) Foundation

Albert (Bert) Friesen – Chair
Manitoba, Canada

Gregory Gaeddert
Kansas, USA

Jenny Shantz
Ontario, Canada

Marianna Unruh
California, USA

Caroline Leclezio
Mauritius

Thierry Koenig
Mauritius

Wendy Clayson
Ontario, Canada

One MEDA

MEDA brings together a group of multi-faith staff, partners, institutional donors, and a committed group of private donors from around the world, including a large segment of Christian donors that collectively align around our four core values.

MEDA’s strength continues to be its people. The dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit of our global team helped us to exceed our targets for the year and to make important strides towards our strategic goal.

Collaboration

We value inclusive and diverse partnerships. 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 partner with entrepreneurial people experiencing poverty to attain business success.

Thank you to all MEDA Employees Worldwide!

We are grateful for the commitment and contributions of all MEDA staff to enriching our organization and the lives of those we aim to support. If you are driven to make a global impact with your career, we invite you to explore our current opportunities.

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Staff located in 14 countries
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Veronica works as a beekeeper in Tanzania. By shifting into beekeeping with MEDA’s support, she is now able to diversify her farming income and harvest four times per year from a single beehive.

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