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Ohio company ferries Amish to winter getaways in Florida

By JB Miller

While operating an automobile collision-repair business in the 1980’s, David Swartzentruber began renting vans to drivers who provided transportation services for the Holmes County, Ohio-area Amish.

During winter months, many of these vans were traveling to Pinecraft, a small community in Sarasota, Florida.

Ecolodge founder promotes experiential travel

5 minute read

Nabil Tarazi wants to move people’s vacations from sightseeing to sight doing, or experiential travel.


Tarazi, founder and managing director of EcoHotels, is also treasurer and an executive board member of the Global EcoTourism Network. The network encourages people to seek out destinations where their spending will support local communities and not just international hotel chains.

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For MEDA and many other organizations in the international development sector, explaining how projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) is an ongoing and important part of telling their story.
The SDGs were set by the UN General Assembly in 2015, an effort to reach a series of targets by 2030. They cover social and economic development issues related to poverty, gender equality, climate action, decent work and economic growth and affordable and clean energy, among others.

Job creation with polished stones

Ethiopian project provides opportunities in gemstones

By Katie West


4 minute read

Ethiopia is an emerging economy with the potential to become an economic powerhouse in East Africa. It is also home to one of the largest opal reserves in the world. The country has deposits of over 40 coloured gemstones including aquamarine, jasper, agate, amethyst, emerald and more.

Since the discovery of the opal in the mid-1990s, Ethiopia has become the second-largest exporter of opals after Australia. Most of them are destined for China and India.

But the Ethiopian gemstone industry faces a challenge — the gap between the skills required on the job and the actual skills possessed by employees. This is a common problem across many industries throughout the continent.

Compost courier Tyrell Benton and Compost Winnipeg project manager Kelly Kuryk with bins and  machineryCompost courier Tyrell Benton and Compost Winnipeg project manager Kelly Kuryk with bins and machinery

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Ukrainian grape farmer with Mujtaba and MEDA staffMEDA staff visit a MEDA client at her table grape farm near Odessa, Ukraine, next to the Black Sea. From left to right: Mujtaba Ali, Dmytro Kratsov, farm owner Tetyana Smaglyuchenko and Alexandra Harmash

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DN and ST right side upMEDA president Dorothy Nyambi (right) with IDE president Stu Taylor during a visit to Winnipeg. Nyambi hopes the two development agencies will find ways to work together

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Everence researcher engages companies in social change

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Chris Meyer dreams big dreams.

“I would love to see our global financial system be transformed into a more sustainable structure that accounts for the human and environmental impacts of our economy, not just the short-term financial effort,” says the Ohio man, who works as manager of stewardship investing research and advocacy for Everence Financial/Praxis Mutual Funds. “I hope to be part of that transformation.”

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GOSHEN, IND — Investors who believe that the bottom line should include considerations of people and planet, as well as profit, have often fallen into one of two camps.

MEDA support helps Ecolodge provide employment for Bedouin community

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Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan
Making a living in southern Jordan’s remote desert is not an easy task.
The Feynan Ecolodge, an environmentally-friendly tourist destination in a nature reserve, makes that a lot easier for people who live here.
At least 80 families, a total of 400 people, benefit directly or indirectly from the off-the-grid EcoLodge, whose 26 rooms can accommodate 60 guests.

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 ©2017, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Put the words Equality and Equity into your favorite web browser, and you are likely to find a range of images, some of them highly controversial,  depicting the difference between the two concepts.
Giving people the same tools or support when their life circumstances are different will result in varied outcomes, as the graphic above demonstrates.

Sidebar to Sam's Place article. From the March 2019 issue of The Marketplace magazine

By John Longhurst

We handle it every day, so we never think about how challenging our colorful money looks to non-Canadians.
Arshdeep Kaur knows.
The 23-year-old immigrated to Canada from India last summer with plans to attend college in fall.

Coffee shop provides youth with skills to become employable

By John Longhurst

Winnipeg, Man — It’s the morning lull at Sam’s Place, the time between the opening rush for coffee and the lunch crowd.
There are about a half-dozen people in the coffee shop, café and used bookstore — two women having a meeting, a student doing some studying, one or two people browsing the books, a mother and child playing in the games area at the back.
At the counter is Rachel Braun, making a coffee for a customer. The 14-year-old isn’t an employee. She’s a volunteer.

Former tech executive urges students to take values-based approach to business.

By Mike Strathdee

Christians in business must realize that achieving success is only the first of two important journeys in life, says the former chief operating officer of the company that created the smart phone.
Life’s first journey is building a career and becoming a growth junkie, committed to life-long learning, Don Morrison said in a speech to students at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON.

Economic development programs that focus on women’s needs can have a major positive impact on the lives of the clients, their families and their communities.
So says Su Sandar Koe, who works as gender co-ordinator for MEDA’s Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) project in Myanmar. While most economic development programs are not women focussed, IMOW is.

Improving the lives of vulnerable populations so that all people may experience God’s love sometimes requires moves to seek equity rather than just equality.
Achieving equity may require understanding of, and consideration of the concept of intersectionality.

Land tenure is a critical issue in efforts to build equity, MEDA discovered during its Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana. Land tenure “underpinned women’s ability to participate in agriculture, their agricultural productivity… and ultimately, their income.”
Women are far from being treated as equals in Ghana.