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Greater Rural Opportunities for Women project in Ghana yields invaluable learnings.

MEDA is proud to present the GROW Learning Series. After successfully concluding the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana, our team of experts have curated a collection of learning opportunities, tools, best practice, and next steps from the economic development sector to inform and inspire practitioners, private sector actors and government partners alike.

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Waterloo, ON, June 27, 2019
– Today, MEDA is proud to commemorate the United Nations’ Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day. This day was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the importance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to local and global economies in addition to their contribution to sustainable economic development.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi

--This article was originally published on the Winnipeg Free Press site by Martin Cash

More than 60 years after it was originally formed to assist Mennonite dairy farmers in Paraguay, the scope and size of projects that MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is involved in have grown consistently.

Mr Robert Austin (left) presenting the MoU to the leader of the nursery operators, Ms Joyce Mensah

--This article was originally published on the Graphic Online site by Kwame Asare Boadu

The Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a faith-based international development organisation based in Canada, has, in collaboration with its partners in Ghana, signed a partnership agreement with small and medium-scale cashew crop nursery operators in five regions to produce seedlings for farmers at a subsidised price of 50 per cent.

Women Deliver 2019

Vancouver, BC, May 23, 2019 -- MEDA is excited for the opportunity to participate in the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 3 - 6, 2019. The Women Deliver Conference is the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.

PAVE Pakistan receiving AwardAbid Ilyas Dar, Project Director PAVE Pakistan receiving award


Taipei, Taiwan, May 28, 2019
– MEDA and Engro Foundation’s PAVE Pakistan project in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has been selected as the winner of the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards 2019 (AREA 2019) under the Social Empowerment category.

Dr. Nyambi meets with private donors across Canada and the United States.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi, President & CEO of MEDA has kicked-off a Welcome Tour to get to know MEDA supporters and share her passion for the MEDA mission and vision. Beginning in March 2019, Dorothy began her Tour in Waterloo and has since traveled to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Germany to meet with MEDA supporters and affinity groups. Stops in Indiana, Winnipeg, Abbotsford, Colorado, and New York are planned for the summer and fall.

MEDA looks to secure funds for growing number of projects.

MEDA has launched a fundraising campaign to support a growing number of major MEDA projects and increase their impact on global poverty. The Building Enduring Livelihoods (BEL) campaign looks to secure $50 million in private donor funds by October 31, 2019, which will help solidify over $300 million in institutional funds.

Lehman's 'gates of fate' hinged on a radio interview

-- This article was originally published in The Sentinal Source by John McGauley

Joyce Lehman will turn 75 next week and reflects back to her childhood — to the Sunday afternoons when she’d sit in a living-room corner of her parents’ farmhouse in rural Iowa. All of their friends and relatives would gather round for lively conversation and colorful storytelling.

They were all Mennonites and Amish living in a farming community near the small town of Kalona, descendants of German settlers who had first arrived there from Alsace-Lorraine in the early to mid-1800s.

“It was an extended household. My grandparents were there, in a house nearby,” she says. It was a close-knit, nurturing environment with strong religious overtones and an ever-present sense of family history and traditions.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi speaks to the 2019 graduating class of Conrad Grebel University College.

New MEDA project to support sustainable farming and business practices

Waterloo, ON, December 19, 2018 – Today, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, the Honourable Bardish Chagger announced funding for a new five-year project with MEDA that will improve the economic resilience of women and youth farmers in Senegal.

Nouveau projet MEDA pour soutenir les pratiques agricoles et commerciales durables

Waterloo, ON, le 19 décembre 2018 - Aujourd’hui, au nom de l’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, ministre du Développement international, l’honorable Bardish Chagger a annoncé le financement d’un nouveau projet quinquennal avec MEDA qui améliorera la résilience économique des agricultrices et des jeunes agriculteurs au Sénégal.

This article was originally published in Mennonite World Review

Successor is first woman and first person of African descent to lead organization

INDIANAPOLIS — As Allan Sauder retires from Mennonite Economic Development Associates in December after 16 years as president, he will leave behind an organization that reaches much further than it did when he joined.

MEDA set new records in donations and clients served for the second consecutive year, Sauder noted in his final address to the organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis Nov. 8-11.

In the year that ended June 30, MEDA received $8.2 million in private donations from supporters in North America andEurope, up 31 percent from a year earlier.