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MEDA Convention 2019 Photo

Taking the Leap was the focus of MEDA’s 2019 Business as a Calling convention in Tucson, Arizona.
The four-day event featured stories from pastors, entrepreneurs, MEDA clients and start-up companies.
Pastor and author Tim Dearborn encouraged attendees to view their work in business as a spiritual calling, recognizing that profit is a means rather than an end.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi speaks in Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA, September 21, 2019: Ask Dr. Dorothy Nyambi why she left the medical field to become CEO of Mennonite Economic Development Associates, and she offers a simple, yet understandable, analogy.

Picture of Nancy Mann talking to crowd of women empowering women attendees

The Waterloo Region chapter of Women Empowering Women (WEW) meets quarterly to nurture connections and friendships, to be inspired and to raise funds that support women in developing economies. As an auxiliary group of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), it supports MEDA’s international work of “helping women move into more valued and equitable roles in their economies.”

Greater Rural Opportunities for Women Ghana

Waterloo, ON, June 5, 2019 - 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.

Ethiopian Client Metasebia Asfaw works on his gemstones.

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.

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

Ghana, June 4, 2019 - 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.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi

Waterloo, ON, June 3, 2019 - 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.

Power, Progress, Change

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.

Abid 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. Dorothy stands in front of Denver meet & greet event

Waterloo, ON, May 23, 2019 - 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 Launches BEL Campaign

Waterloo, ON, May 22, 2019 - 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.

MEDA Board of Director Joyce Lehman

May 18, 2019 - 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.

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

Waterloo, ON, April 15, 2019 - MEDA’s President and CEO, Dr. Dorothy Nyambi, was pleased to address the graduating students of Conrad Grebel University College at their Convocation on April 14th, 2019. Dorothy’s address was entitled “Living Life with Purpose”, and encouraged students to celebrate the accomplishments marked by the occasion while looking to the future as untapped opportunity.