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MEDA Strategy Video from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

A MEDA Fish Tale from MEDA on Vimeo.

Teach them how to fish, you feed them for life? Is that true?

MEDA - Change Happens Best From Within from MEDA on Vimeo.

At MEDA -- we think aid leads to dependence, and dependence doesn't create lasting change. Instead, we build access to financial services for businesses, rural areas, and youth, use technology to connect entrepreneurs to growing markets, provide health products to populations in need, and encourage women to start their own businesses.

Alleviating Poverty by Unleashing Entrepreneurship from MEDA on Vimeo.

Radio Show: Stepright with Lynn Whetham - April 22, 2015
with Guest Marion Good and Jennifer Denomy

Mennonite Economic Development Associates believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood. Today’s show will focus on their initiatives creating opportunities for Women and Youth and programs that help resolve the exploitation of children.

Express Your Faith with MEDA from MEDA on Vimeo.

For Daniel Bigham, a software developer from Waterloo, ON, MEDA offers a unique opportunity to express your faith and inspire opportunites for change through economic development.

Sarona is an Impact Investment Asset Manager. We target market financial returns in Frontier Markets. And, using progressive management strategies, our investments support communities and the environment wherever we go.

We are a bridge - between private capital markets and investment opportunities in emerging and frontier markets. With nearly 60 years of investment history in frontier markets, we're well positioned to do this. In the past 15 years, we have created or co-founded a series of investment funds to meet investor needs while capturing the growth and impact opportunities in frontier markets.

A compelling documentary that shows how investment can change lives. Sarona Asset Management and MEDA have been investing in frontier and emerging markets for nearly 60 years. 

Little by Little (Poquito a poco) from MEDA on Vimeo.

This short film features Rayco, a Colombian retailer that specializes in selling household appliances to low-income populations using affordable credit. In 2015, Rayco was awarded a Sustainability Innovation Grant through the INFRONT program managed by MEDA, to facilitate the diversification of selling income generating assets, with the aim to create economic opportunities for rural and low-income communities.

MEDA partnered with Twice Upon A Time to produce two short films featuring two Colombian companies that are implementing environment, social, and governance-related initiatives through INFRONT.

A film by:  Twice Upon a Time
Director / Cinematographer: Juan Baquero
Editor: Yesid Lopez
Location sound: Felipe Ballestas
Field Producer: Daniela Alejandra Arias
Drone Images: Real Tape
Additional photography:  Natibo
Story Consulting: Camila Peroni, Juan Carlos Isaza, Yesid Lopez
Post sound: Miguel Andrade
Subtitles: Malambo Communications
Music: Musicbed

Little by Little (Poquito a poco) - Trailer from MEDA on Vimeo.

This short film features Rayco, a Colombian retailer that specializes in selling household appliances to low-income populations using affordable credit. In 2015, Rayco was awarded a Sustainability Innovation Grant through the INFRONT program managed by MEDA, to facilitate the diversification of selling income generating assets, with the aim to create economic opportunities for rural and low-income communities.

MEDA partnered with Twice Upon A Time to produce two short films featuring two Colombian companies that are implementing environment, social, and governance-related initiatives through INFRONT.

A film by:  Twice Upon a Time
Director / Cinematographer: Juan Baquero
Editor: Yesid Lopez
Location sound: Felipe Ballestas
Field Producer: Daniela Alejandra Arias
Drone Images: Real Tape
Additional photography:  Natibo
Story Consulting: Camila Peroni, Juan Carlos Isaza, Yesid Lopez
Post sound: Miguel Andrade
Subtitles: Malambo Communications
Music: Musicbed

Number 63 (Trailer) from MEDA on Vimeo.

This short film features Maureauto Colombia (AVIS), a Colombian short and long term car rental company. In 2015, Maureauto Colombia was awarded a Sustainability Innovation Grant through the INFRONT program managed by MEDA, to install bypass oil filters in their fleet of cars to reduce the amount of engine oil used by vehicles, thereby creating cost savings and reducing negative environmental impact.

MEDA partnered with Twice Upon A Time to produce two short films featuring two Colombian companies that are implementing environment, social, and governance-related initiatives through INFRONT.

A film by: Twice Upon a Time
Co-directors: Yesid Lopez, Juan Baquero
Cinematographer: Juan Baquero
Editor: Yesid Lopez
Location sound: Felipe Ballestas
Field Producer: Daniela Alejandra Arias
Drone Images: Fabian Bernal
Story Consulting: Camila Peroni
Post sound: Yesid Lopez
Subtitles: Malambo Communications
Music: Musicbed

Number 63 from MEDA on Vimeo.

This short film features Maureauto Colombia (AVIS), a Colombian short and long term car rental company. In 2015, Maureauto Colombia was awarded a Sustainability Innovation Grant through the INFRONT program managed by MEDA, to install bypass oil filters in their fleet of cars to reduce the amount of engine oil used by vehicles, thereby creating cost savings and reducing negative environmental impact.

MEDA partnered with Twice Upon A Time to produce two short films featuring two Colombian companies that are implementing environment, social, and governance-related initiatives through INFRONT.

A film by: Twice Upon a Time
Co-directors: Yesid Lopez, Juan Baquero
Cinematographer: Juan Baquero
Editor: Yesid Lopez
Location sound: Felipe Ballestas
Field Producer: Daniela Alejandra Arias
Drone Images: Fabian Bernal
Story Consulting: Camila Peroni
Post sound: Yesid Lopez
Subtitles: Malambo Communications
Music: Musicbed

Number 63 (Extended Version) from MEDA on Vimeo.

This short film features Maureauto Colombia (AVIS), a Colombian short and long term car rental company. In 2015, Maureauto Colombia was awarded a Sustainability Innovation Grant through the INFRONT program managed by MEDA, to install bypass oil filters in their fleet of cars to reduce the amount of engine oil used by vehicles, thereby creating cost savings and reducing negative environmental impact.

MEDA partnered with Twice Upon A Time to produce two short films featuring two Colombian companies that are implementing environment, social, and governance-related initiatives through INFRONT.

A film by: Twice Upon a Time
Co-directors: Yesid Lopez, Juan Baquero
Cinematographer: Juan Baquero
Editor: Yesid Lopez
Location sound: Felipe Ballestas
Field Producer: Daniela Alejandra Arias
Drone Images: Fabian Bernal
Story Consulting: Camila Peroni
Post sound: Yesid Lopez
Subtitles: Malambo Communications
Music: Musicbed

YouLEAD - Radio FM Calabar - Interview with Farah from MEDA on Vimeo.

Gender and Climate Change - Vulnerable Populations from MEDA on Vimeo.

Techno-Links from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Greater Rural Opportunities for Women in Ghana from MEDA on Vimeo.

Using market-driven approaches, MEDA' s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project focuses on improving food security for families in Northern Ghana by assisting women farmers to grow more soybeans and forge market links that will increase incomes. Hear stories from the field and how this approach is changing livelihoods for women.

MEDA - Searching for markets in Ghana's Upper West from MEDA on Vimeo.

Living in rural Africa, it's difficult to connect with sustainable outside markets, especially as a woman. The program that one of our interns works with, GROW, looks to link women and their families with markets to develop a lasting income. Here's a brief review of a recent trip.

GROW - Greater Rural Opportunities for Women from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Keyhole Gardens from MEDA on Vimeo.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) implemented a pilot to extend the growing season for female farmers with the ultimate goal of contributing towards improved food security for women and their families in Northwestern Ghana. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project tested two water catchment, storage and irrigations systems: ferro-cement tanks and keyhole gardens. MEDA completed an evaluation of these technologies in February 2015.

Haiti Urban Gardens - Growing an Idea from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Field Project Manager - Thomas McCormack from MEDA on Vimeo.

The EMERTA (Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-business) project has the goal of increasing sustainable employment and income generation by women and men in Amhara region of Ethiopia in rice, vegetable and gemstone sectors, with a focus on women.

Learn more about the EMERTA project at www.meda.org/about-emerta

``New Images`` Ethiopian Sustainable Fashion Exhibition and Fashion Runway from MEDA on Vimeo.

Video by Kaleab Zelalem

E-FACE - A Focus on Youth from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA's Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project aims to reduce exploitative child labor in Ethiopia through increased access and awareness to knowledge, by improving market access for vulnerable families in the textile and agricultural sub-sectors, and improving working conditions and opportunities for working youth. These are stories of youth clients who received support through interventions in financial services, agriculture, and textiles; and gained confidence and skills for better futures.

E-FACE - A Focus on Livelihoods from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA's Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project aims to reduce exploitative child labor in Ethiopia through increased access and awareness to knowledge, by improving market access for vulnerable families in the textile and agricultural sub-sectors, and improving working conditions and opportunities for working youth. These are stories of livelihood clients who received support through interventions in financial services, agriculture, and textiles.

EDGET - Ethiopian Rice Farmer Interview from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Village Savings and Loan Associations - Ethiopia from MEDA on Vimeo.

ATTSVE - Co-op Maichew Proper from MEDA on Vimeo.

ATTSVE - Mebrehit's Chickens from MEDA on Vimeo.

ATTSVE - Soddo Potato Farm from MEDA on Vimeo.

EDGET - The Progress of Ethiopian Entrepreneurs from MEDA on Vimeo.

M-SAWA - Equitable Prosperity from MEDA on Vimeo.

D2L and MEDA Partner to Empower Female Entrepreneurs in Libya from MEDA on Vimeo.

Personalized, Interactive Training - Delivered Through D2L’s Brightspace Learning Platform - will Create Opportunities for Women

D2L, a global learning technology leader, today announced a unique education partnership in Libya with MEDA, a renowned global development organization. Using D2L’s Brightspace learning platform, thousands of female entrepreneurs across Libya will have access to business education courses on mobile devices with personalized learning, social content, analytics and game-based courses.

MEDA was chosen by USAID in 2012 to embark on The Libya Women Economic Empowerment (LWEE) project, a program to bring women together to get training, mentorship and to build an entrepreneurial community.

However, since 2014, growing instability and safety concerns in the region has made it more difficult for women to travel to attend meetings and classes. MEDA therefore chose Brightspace, the easy, flexible, and smart learning platform to create and deliver the material through rich digital formats.

MEDA is now able to deliver Arabic-based and culturally respectful online versions of the curriculum including marketing, accounting and business plan development. The platform’s mobile-first design works across a wide variety of devices and can provide both online and offline content for use in low-connectivity environments. A pilot has recently commenced to about 300 women with a goal of making training available to over 600.

“This partnership with D2L is crucial for our continued support of women entrepreneurs and small business owners in Libya. The impact is not just felt with the entrepreneurs, but also with their families, employees as well as the community,” said Helen Loftin, Senior VP of Marketing and Communications at MEDA.

For D2L, supporting female small business owners in Libya fits into its organizational mission to transform the way the world learns. “D2L is thrilled to partner with MEDA to enable high quality education for these talented entrepreneurs. This is an inspiring project for our team and a great example of mobile learning transforming our communities,” said John Baker, CEO of D2L.

D2L currently serves learners in 50 countries, and the company’s track record of innovation has been widely recognized. In March, Fast Company Ranked D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 list in the Data Science Category, amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. eLearning Magazine recently rated D2L as #1 in Adaptive Learning, and Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research.

To learn more about Brightspace, visit https://www.d2l.com/brightspace.

Libya Women Economic Empowerment - Report at MEDA Convention 2016 from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Moment - Sunday Nov 8 - Myanmar from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Myanmar - Security & Advance Trauma Training from MEDA on Vimeo.

The lack of adequate medical care in Myanmar makes it essential for MEDA employees there to be well prepared for any medical emergencies. Over the span of a week, MEDA's security director and medic trained MEDA Myanmar employees and key facilitating partners everything from CPR to how to put on a C-Collar. Now we're prepared for anything and everything!

Sri-Lanka / Myanmar- Jan 2016 from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) - Myanmar from MEDA on Vimeo.

Marketable Crops of Myanmar - From Field to Plate from MEDA on Vimeo.

IMOW - Myanmar - Rice Mill Visit from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Myanmar - Kayin State Day - Donor Trip from MEDA on Vimeo.

IMOW - Myanmar - News Report from MEDA on Vimeo.

IMOW - Myanmar Update (December 2016) from MEDA on Vimeo.

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Myanmar and Intern Reflection (Amy Zhou) from MEDA on Vimeo.

A summary of my favorite destinations in Myanmar and a quick reflection on my time here! By Amy Zhou

Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) - Myanmar - Quarterly Update - Jan 2017 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Private Sector Development Explained - Myanmar from MEDA on Vimeo.

Myanmar on the Move - Nov 8-18, 2017 - MEDA from MEDA on Vimeo. Video by Bryon Shantz.

Nicaragua - Changing Lives Through Technology and Investment from MEDA on Vimeo.

Nigeria WAY Project Launch from MEDA on Vimeo.

Payments for Progress - Short Version (ENGLISH) from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pakistan's Digital Payments Revolution

Behind the Veil - Extended from MEDA on Vimeo.

Behind the Veil from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pathways and Pursestrings - Haleeb Foods - Dairy Subsector from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pathways and Pursestrings - Hyderabad Bangles from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pathways and Pursestrings - Kaarvan Crafts Foundation - Embellishments from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pathways and Pursestrings - Seedlings Sector from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pathways and Pursestrings - Threadworks from MEDA on Vimeo.

Payments for Progress (ENGLISH) from MEDA on Vimeo.

Pakistan's Digital Payments Revolution

Farah Event - IMON International from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

IMON International - 15 years Your Companion from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

IMON - Tajikistan from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

MMB - Muhogo Mbegu Bingwa (Cassava Seed Champion) from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA in Tanzania from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Masava from MEDA on Vimeo.

Through Masava, MEDA is helping oil millers in Tanzania connect to a vitamin A supply chain and fortification technology so they can enhance their oil’s nutrition to meet national and regional standards. Sokoine University of Agriculture provides training in good manufacturing practices and MEDA links businesses to a network of retailers who can sell the oil to consumers. MEDA’s partners at the University of Waterloo and Sokoine University to measure the impact of the fortification on vitamin A deficiency.

Faith FM interviews David Eagle from MEDA on Vimeo.

In a recent segment on FaithFM (a radio station serving the Waterloo Region), David Eagle, MEDA's associate director for East Africa programs, gave an overview of our Cassava project in Tanzania. Listen in to hear David describe MEDA's work to develop sustainable livelihoods for millions of people living in poverty. Interview by Jess Huxman of Mennonite Foundation Canada.

Ukraine Women in Agriculture - StartUp Initiative from MEDA on Vimeo.

 

Right Away & All At Once - Greg Brenneman - MEDA Convention 2018 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
Greg Brenneman
Executive Chairman of CCMP and author
Right Away & All At Once

Greg Brenneman is Executive Chairman of CCMP, a large private equity firm, and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Lunch Panel - MEDA Convention 2018 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Conversation

Join us for a conversation to explore intersections between small-holder farmers in North America and in developing regions.

MEDA Year in Review / Annual General Meeting 2018 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
President Allan Sauder and staff highlights the major accomplishments of the past year, including stories from clients and partners from around the world. Officers of MEDA’s board and staff will present reports on MEDA’s finances, investments and future directions.

Intersections: Her Touch, Our Faith and the Power of Jesus - Shannon Dycus from MEDA on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. - MEDA Convention 2018
Shannon Dycus
Co-Pastor of First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis
Intersections: Her Touch, Our Faith and the Power of Jesus

MEDA Year In Review - 2017 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Women Walking to GROW - Embracing Women as Leaders from MEDA on Vimeo.

Girders of Faith: Hope that Lasts - Wally Kroeker from MEDA on Vimeo.

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Panel on Refugee Issues from MEDA on Vimeo.

Biblical Mentors for Marketplace Ministry - David Esau from MEDA on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 5, 9:00 a.m.

David Esau

Lead Pastor at Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in Coquitlam, BC

Biblical Mentors for Marketplace Ministry

The MEDA Journey of MiCrédito - Verónica Herrera from MEDA on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.

Verónica Herrera
MiCrédito's Chief Executive Officer

Panel of Women Business Leaders from MEDA on Vimeo.

Leymah Gbowee - Women Building Peace: The Liberian Experience from MEDA on Vimeo.

Sara Wenger Shenk - Like a Hen, Gathering the Brood from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Year In Review - Convention 2016 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Libya Women Economic Empowerment - Report at MEDA Convention 2016 from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 1 - Comfort in a Changing World from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 2 - Battle the Bad with Beauty from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 3 - Why Thinking like Thrifty College Students Could Help Us be Better Global Citizens from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 4 - Empowerment through Entrepreneurship from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 5 - Botswana’s Best Chips from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 6 - Pinterest Fails and Recipes for Success from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 7 - When is it Time to Rebrand your Organization from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 8 - Utilizing the Power of Business for Good from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 9 - He Who Gives Food to the Hungry from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 10 - Photographing the Unwanted - Giving a face to the homeless in San Francisco from MEDA on Vimeo.

MEDA Next - 11 - Comfort in our Ever Changing World from MEDA on Vimeo.

Finding Strength in Adversity: The Stories of Some Downright Courageous Business Owners - David Greene from MEDA on Vimeo.

David Greene, host of NPR's Morning Edition
Speaking at the MEDA Convention 2015 - Saturday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.

David Greene recounts the personal stories of entrepreneurs who’ve touched and inspired him in his journalism career. All faced long odds, but turned challenges into victories and went on to build successful enterprises with an impact on their communities. David will take us from Kentucky lake country to Siberia, from Cuba to his own home, where David’s wife has opened a successful restaurant. We join David on an inspiring journey.

During his 10 years at National Public Radio, David has covered the Arab Spring in Libya, Chernobyl 25 years after, Hurricane Katrina, the recession in America and the historic 2008 U.S. presidential election. Since 2012, David has been a host of NPR’s Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne.

David is the author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into The Heart Of Russia.

MEDA Year In Review 2015 from MEDA on Vimeo.

The Difference Between Us and Poor People… - Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Joyce Bontrager Lehman, MEDA Board member and Technical Advisor, Global Financial Inclusion

Joyce Bontrager Lehman has been working in international economic development for the past 16 years, currently as an independent advisor with a focus on increasing access to financial services for the billions of unbanked people in developing countries. Previously at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation she managing a grant portfolio that funded projects throughout the developing world, including funding to support mobile payment platforms in South Asia. Her development work career began with the MEDA Consulting Group in 1999; from 2004 through 2007, she spent most of her time in Afghanistan working with the World Bank, USAID and other bi-lateral donors to establish and support a microfinance sector.

While she admits to having been invited to join other boards, she acknowledges MEDA's "is the one I felt was most closely aligned with my own work and passion. I also like the way MEDA staff involves the board in the field projects or MEDA investments as appropriate." She is now on the board of MiCredito, a microfinance institution in Nicaragua that's partially owned by MEDA and MEDA members.

"The business approach to poverty encourages, even demands, innovation and flexibility in project design. Things change quickly in the industry and MEDA has been good at responding to new priorities...if I didn't love and believe in what the organization is doing, I wouldn't be able to support it."

While hard to pick a favorite memory, Joyce shares that she'll never forget the first microcredit client she visited in Managua in 1998. She recalls being so impressed at how an illiterate woman knew both the CHISPA (a MEDA-supported microcredit program) loan terms and how much additional daily income she was able to make by using the $75 loan to purchase four months of firewood for her tortilla stand in bulk instead of every day. "The increase in income was enough to permit her to send one of her boys to school and also to buy fruits and vegetables so her family could have a more nutritional diet. Illiteracy does not imply incompetence."

Living in New Hampshire, Joyce has two adult children who live on the west coast – one in Seattle and one in Portland, Oregon. She loves to travel, especially to places she hasn't been before, and had a wonderful experience with MEDA president Allan Sauder on the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb in July 2014.