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Mennonite college students from across North America are riding across the United States this summer to raise awareness of climate change’s impacts and the need to take action to stabilize the climate.

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Four Mennonite business leaders reflect on being at the helm during tough times

By J.B. Miller

Laurie Nafziger had been president and CEO of Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen, Indiana for less than two years when the crisis hit.

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Ontario social entrepreneur works to automate monitoring of solar systems

Leon Kehl has worked for himself for almost 28 years, but only recently stopped flinching when people would ask him if he was a businessman.

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How Mennonites are helping solar energy flourish in Virginia

By Melodie Davis

German-Mennonite families migrating from southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1700s eagerly settled in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley.

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This is the second in a series of stories about MEDA hubs (formerly chapters) across North America. The hubs, more than a dozen volunteer-led groups, organize events and activities to build awareness about MEDA’s work creating business solutions to poverty, to network and to hear people share stories about faith, work and entrepreneurship as a calling.

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Multiple groups work at getting more women behind the wheel

REGINA- Jordan Ewert doesn’t like to use the word truckers.

Professional drivers is the preferred way to describe the people who operate the big rigs that ship goods along our highways, says Ewert, a policy analyst for the Saskatchewan Trucking Association.

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New MEDA project targets women, youth for training, economic inclusion

Haiti is one of the most difficult countries in the world to do business.

Last year, the World Bank ranked the impoverished island nation 179th of 190 countries in terms of ease of doing business.

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Pandemic may force Jordan Ecolodge into bankruptcy,erasing livelihoods of 100 Bedouin families.

AMMAN, JORDAN - If Nabil Tarazi was motivated principally by business profits, he would have handed the keys to Feynan Ecolodge over to the Jordanian government last spring.

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Former youth pastor’s agtech firm has a purpose beyond making money

As a young boy, Randall Schwartzentruber loved to build things out of Lego and take machines apart when they quit working.

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It may seem fitting that the latter part of the Christian season of Lent this year coincides with the anniversary of a global pandemic.

Many people, with the exception of devout Catholics, will not pay the season much attention at all, at least until the latter part of the week preceding Easter, when some churches mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in addition to Easter Sunday.

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Niagara woman helps revitalize MEDA hub after visiting Tanzania project

This is the first of a series of stories about MEDA hubs (formerly chapters) across North America. The hubs, more than a dozen volunteer-led groups, organize events and activities to build awareness about MEDA’s work creating business solutions to poverty, to network and to hear people share stories about faith, work and entrepreneurship as a calling.

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More people, demand for meat and climate change will force massive changes to agriculture, author says

A growing world population plus declining crop yields due to environmental stresses will trigger radical changes to what we grow and how we eat in coming decades, Amanda Little says.

“Climate change is becoming something we can taste,” she said in a speech to MEDA’s annual convention. “This is a kitchen table issue in the literal sense.”

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Pandemic forces business owner to close longtime Elmira restaurant

By Mike Strathdee

The restaurant sector has always had a high mortality rate.

Industry statistics suggest one in 10 new restaurants in Canada, and a much higher number in the US, close within their first year. Only half make it past the five year mark.

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New strategic plan sets target in alignment with UN development goals

MEDA is setting an ambitious target of creating or sustaining decent jobs for half a million people within a decade, attendees at the organization's annual meeting heard.

“We have a bold new goal of helping 500,000 people obtain decent work, primarily women and youth, by 2030,” said Leah Katerberg, MEDA’s vice-president of innovation and impact, said of the organization’s new strategic plan, which was launched in July.