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  • MEDA - 2014 MEDA Interns
    in Oakville Ontario Stephanie has a wide range of interests within international development In 2012 she spent three months working in Ghana with The Ark Foundation an organization specializing in women s rights and empowerment She was also selected to participate in a United Nations Conference on the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals in New York City this past February Furthermore she has spent the past five years volunteering with Free the Children and has worked on a number of their campaigns Stephanie loves to travel and is very passionate about helping others as well as learning about different cultures She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of MEDA and work with the EDGET program in Ethiopia E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation Clara Yoon Communication and Program Support Intern Clara is from Waterloo Ontario and holds a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo Clara s interests and experiences over the past few years have ranged from volunteering with children and women in Kampala Uganda interning with a North Korean human rights organization in Seoul South Korea conducting a Junior Fellowship in Asia Pacific Security issues and tutoring high school students at an after school program in her local community in Kitchener Waterloo Clara s current interest and passion is in the field of education and the importance of providing opportunities for youth to develop their passions and talents She is excited to be joining MEDA as the Communication and Program Support Intern for the E FACE program in Ethiopia Ghana GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women Kevin Linklater Program Support Enterprise D ev elopment Intern Kevin hails from Winnipeg and holds a bachelor s degree in Political Economy from the University of Manitoba as well as a

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  • Internship Experience
    our clients in a couple of days Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade EDGET is a 5 year pro poor value chain development project that is funded by DFATD We aim to increase the income of 10 000 rice farmers and textile artisans by giving improved technologies training on better farming techniques business skills and creating access to local markets and business partnerships Currently we have approximately 8 000 client farmers in the Amhara Region and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region SNNPR and 2 000 textile clients in Addis Ababa and SNNPR So what am I going to be doing in Bahir Dar I am going to be visiting our MEDA office there which is situated in the Amhara Region and following up on three of our rice farmer clients in the surrounding villages Basically I will visit each site and interview the clients on how their business as rice farmers has been what are the challenges they have faced and how they have benefited from participating in the EDGET project With the information gathered I will then conduct some briefs to explain the situation for some donors visiting MEDA Ethiopia next week On Friday Clara is going to come meet me in Bahir Dar and we are going to take this chance to explore a bit of Bahir Dar and some touristy sites Lake Tana the origin of the Nile and Blue Nile Falls Then we are hopping on a plane to Lalibela home to one of the world s most astounding sacred sites eleven rock hewn churches I have a busy and slightly stressful week ahead including the dreaded 5am airport visit tomorrow but hopefully it will be worth it Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Communication and Program Support Intern Agriculture Private Sector Development Internship Experience Continue reading Ethiopia 3530 Hits Friday 31 October 2014 Beyond the Rough Bumpy Roads Clarissa Heger Former Communications Intern I love being a communications intern because it allows me to learn about all different aspects of the GROW project agriculture gender nutrition monitoring and evaluation and much much more I m always buzzing around partner NGO meetings community visits donor tours staff trainings etc taking tons of pictures and notes to share But I have to say my favorite part of the job is doing field work As part of my responsibilities I have the honor of reporting on the significant changes that are taking part in women farmer s lives due to the GROW project Together with our MEDA team and partner NGOs we identify several women that have become empowered through being part of the GROW project After our field staff preliminarily interviews them I have the great pleasure of doing in depth follow up interviews taking pictures and sharing their stories with people from around the world as well as getting them back to the women and their communities Travel to these rural villages usually requires a start in the early morning hours and what seems like endless driving along rough bumpy and often unpaved roads I can t even tell you how impressed and grateful I am for our drivers they are incredible When we finally make it to the communities I have the privilege of meeting these amazing women Then we find a shady spot under a tree or around their house and with translation assistance of the field staff they share their stories about their soybean fields their families their ambitions and their concerns As is common when you have foreign visitors generally a crowd of curious neighborhood children accumulates within minutes of starting the interview and it has usually tripled in size by the time we finish Then after many thanks and smiles we all pile into the car or walk to the women s soybean fields Here I photograph the women proudly showing their crops and ask a few last questions that come up Then after many more thank you s we pile everyone back in the car and drop them back at home On the ride back I generally find myself reflecting on the women s stories I m always blown away at the strength determination and selflessness of the women I meet Farming is very difficult work but beyond that many of these women lack formal education and to see them decide to switch to growing soybeans so they can for feed and educate their children is inspiring humbling and beyond impressive And that pretty much concludes a typical field visit as you can see there s really nothing typical about them which is why I enjoy them so much Keep an eye out for our newest client stories they ll be coming your way soon Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Communications intern Internship Experience Women Economic Opportunities Continue reading Ghana 3726 Hits Wednesday 15 October 2014 Morning Runs Red Red and Lovely People Clarissa Heger Former Communications Intern These are some of my favorite things I m happy to report that these past couple of weeks I ve finally been settling in After almost a month of searching I finally found an awesome roommate and a safe apartment A little two bedroom off a main road with electricity running water and even has AC pretty fancy I ve been taking full advantage of having a kitchen again Traditional Ghanaian food is not very vegetarian friendly most dishes have meat so it can be challenging finding something veggie on the menu when you re eating out I must say one of my favorite traditional dishes is red red and luckily vegetarian It s fried plantains with beans and veggies when I make it at home which makes it even better Our neighborhood is nice and quiet with lots of rural roads nearby that are prefect for peaceful trail runs I ve even formed a little running group with my roommate and another girl nearby Morning runs are one of my absolute favorite things here The sun is just rising and it s still cool enough to run plus you I get to watch the whole world wake up Usually we just encounter goats and chickens on the roads with the occasional motorbike or women carrying a load on her head passing by Then on the way back on our loop we are greeted by eager smiling children in their uniforms walking and riding bikes to school They re always enthusiastically waving and yelling hello salaminga foreigner on top of their lungs You can t help but smile wave and repeat hello back to them as many times as they say it to us On days that we don t run my roommate and I have started doing yoga together in our living room I was pretty excited when we found yoga mats at the grocery store With large windows that overlook the main road we get some beautiful views in the morning It s been a great way to get centered before diving into a busy day at the office It s been a few busy weeks for the GROW project and my internship Last week our first press release for the new soy processing plant was published and we also launched our Facebook and Twitter sites Don t forget to like and follow us We ve been moving at a very fast pace but it s been a lot of fun and I m learning constantly and getting to know my amazing coworkers better is just another bonus Speaking of them I d like to give a shout to all of the wonderful people I ve met here that have welcomed me and supported me My boss and coworkers who have helped me get settled in From fixing things in the apartment to taking me on errands getting us a security guard and much more they ve been there for me very step of the way I ve also been fortunate to meet some awesome expats that have provided helpful advice and shown me the magical cheese and yoghurt shop I m truly grateful to be surrounded by some many lovely people thank you Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Communications intern Women Internship Experience Economic Opportunities Continue reading Ghana 3842 Hits Thursday 25 September 2014 Setting the Tone My first two weeks at MEDA Ethiopia Clara Yoon Communication and Program Support Intern A few words that sum up my first two weeks in the MEDA Ethiopia office are challenging timely and demanding I arrived last week at an extremely busy time for the E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation team It s reporting season so the entire team has been consumed with working on various reports for our donor the government MEDA HQ and so on I ve seen a glimpse of how MEDA as a non governmental organization operates with a corporate mindset Details matter activities and results matter and there is definitely no room for slacking I see this internship as a great opportunity to learn from experts in the field of international and business development move away from the theory side of things of course theory is still important and witness how practical training and business skills building can dramatically change people s lives While reading through various client success stories I noticed there was a general theme of the long term benefits clients received through good financial habits such as saving or joining a Village Savings and Loans Association VSLA The idea of a VSLA is to reach the very poor typically in remote areas who are unable to or unwilling to receive loans from formal financial institutions such as microfinance Institutions MFIs Thus VSLAs operate as community based saving and credit groups composed of about 10 20 members Each member makes a contribution to a loan fund helping the fund to grow by borrowing from it and paying back the loans with a service charge Based on the E FACE success stories collected so far it helped me realize these kinds of financial decisions can open doors for clients that prior to being part of a VSLA were unimaginable These open doors can range from opening up a shop to sell various goods and products to buy a goat or chicken or to see an increase in income so that children can go to school Although I haven t been out to the field yet I m thankful to have these first few weeks in the office It was a bit overwhelming at first because everyone was so busy But it also gave me assurance that there may very few dull moments throughout my internship because there s always something to do something to read or something to help out with I ve also realized it s really important to remember why I m here and seek out opportunities to grow professionally and personally in and outside of the office Whether it s trying something new or taking initiative to work on a specific skill my work is definitely cut out for me over the next few months I m hoping that this current outlook and perspective will set the tone for this internship Again I m very excited to be here and extremely grateful for the opportunity Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Private Sector Development Agriculture Internship Experience Communication and Program Support Intern Continue reading Ethiopia 3474 Hits Wednesday 17 September 2014 What brings me to Ghana Kevin Linklater Program Support Enterprise Development Intern I will start soon start my 6 month internship with MEDA as an Enterprise Development intern with the GROW project in Northern Ghana when I fly from my hometown of Winnipeg to Toronto to Amsterdam to Accra and finally to Tamale Like many recent young grads I came out of university without a definite career path I studied different subjects and my smattering of volunteer and work experience during and after school has been in a number of different fields And since entering the job market it became clear to me that I will likely put in time with many different organizations over the course of my working life My favorite subjects in university were history and economics and I am a huge news junky and consumer of all things political What does someone with these interests do What sort of career should I be looking for Well one option is to go to northern Ghana for a 6 month internship doing rural development work in agriculture I have known for a long time that I am interested in the world in the people and history of different places To gain some understanding and appreciation of how different places work or don t work how people make a living raise their families and relate to others As I enter my late twenties the devil may care adventurism of youth is beginning to fade and some more practical thoughts are creeping into my head What kind of job security will be there for me Will I be able to earn a living to support a family Will I be able to find work where I can make a difference work that is fulfilling and enjoyable But the drive to learn and experience new things is as strong as ever and I know that by fully immersing myself in new situations and taking advantage of the unique opportunities that come my way I will be better positioned to handle the ever changing labour market and much more likely to find something that brings me genuine satisfaction in addition to a paycheck Will development work be a good fit for me Probably Will there be a job that is satisfying and perhaps more crucially available to me after this internship Maybe One thing seems to be clear for the generations growing up now the prospect of a career or lifelong job with one company is a thing of the past Young people today myself included will likely work in a few different fields with different companies or organizations in the private and public sectors The question that the new generation faces is not only will I be able to find a job or career but will I be able to find a something that is right for me I am not sure what the next half year will hold nor what I will do afterwards But I do know that this will be an incredible learning experience and will give me a good taste of what development work at the ground level entails And this is exactly what I am looking for Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Economic Opportunities Women Internship Experience Enterprise Development Intern Continue reading Ghana 3511 Hits Wednesday 13 August 2014 Welcoming the 2014 MEDA Interns Jaclyn Stief For the past 17 years MEDA has sent over 110 young professionals in 20 countries around the world to give them the opportunity to gain experience in the field and discover their career interests This fall 4 new interns embark on a 6 month international development Internship The interns will be heading to Ethiopia and Ghana helping MEDA fulfill its overall mission of creating business solutions to poverty for families around the world Check back on this blog frequently to stay tuned as the 4 interns uncover unique experiences gain new skills and change lives Bringing different skills and life experiences to their position will no doubt make for varying perspectives on the realities of their internship and of international development as a whole Now let s meet the 2014 cohort of MEDA Interns Ethiopia EDGET Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade Stephanie Puras Communication and Program Support Intern E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation Clara Yoon Communication and Program Support Intern Ghana GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women Kevin Linklater Program Support Enterprise Development Intern Clarissa Heger Communications Intern Visit MEDA Internships for more information on our internship program and to read the biographies of the 2014 interns We encourage you to keep coming back to this blog to stay informed on the latest news about the interns s field experiences Whether you re someone who knows one of the interns personally or someone who just discovered this blog we hope you will find some truthful insight into the international development world and begin to connect with the people behind this posts If you don t get the opportunity to travel to these places yourself to explore the food culture and stories of our clients let these interns personal tales serve as a window to MEDA s work in the field Tags MEDA Interns 2014 Internship Experience Economic Opportunities Private Sector Development Continue reading Canada 3470 Hits Monday 07 July 2014 My MEDA Internship Reflection I feel extremely grateful Jared Worley Rural Microfinance Intern Inclusive Financial Services What initially drew me into applying for a MEDA internship revolved around wanting to work abroad again and see if I could find a placement that would give me the skills and opportunities to transition into a career with international development work However after applying and having my first interview with MEDA I realized this internship program was not like many of the other I had applied for in the past The level of professionalism and care by the staff members and the investment MEDA made to provide the necessary resources for us to be most effective in our roles was evident to me from the start This really drew me into the MEDA internship program and I was lucky enough to be selected I had previously served a nine month fellowship for an NGO in Rwanda working at a partner microfinance institution so this was not my first experience living working in sub Saharan Africa I think I went into the internship with realistic expectations of what was expected of me and what I could contribute during my time frame So I think having previous experience can be very helpful in the first month of your placement Tags MEDA Interns 2013 Private Sector Development

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  • MEDA - MEDA Intern Testimonials
    Shenk Project Coordinator Intern 2012 Washington D C Working in international development has really opened my eyes to the process of implementing an intervention Although I had prior experience traveling and volunteering abroad nothing can compare to living and working somewhere for an extended period of time Visiting local communities meeting clients and their families and seeing the positive results of the project was so rewarding Jessica Adach Gender Intern 2013 Ghana I feel like this period of six months has allowed me to draw on my business degree and apply what I learned in those four years in a real business I was trusted to take initiative autonomy and the lead on many projects which has instilled me with confidence and motivation I have become even more passionate about pursuing a career in international development and finally feel like I understand what a career in international development would actually look like Katherine Arblaster Rural Microfinance Intern 2012 Nicaragua I think my post grad in International Development and Project Management was extremely helpful in preparing me for this position This degree in particular gave me a lot of background in areas such as monitoring and evaluation and donor reporting which I used in my position Catherine Walker Rural Microfinance Intern 2013 Managua Nicaragua The interpersonal and intercultural skills I gained by working in a different culture also prepared me for working in different and changing environments The skills I gained have increased my employability but also my sense of global citizenship Caitlin MacDougall Communications Development Intern 2012 Morocco I couldn t have asked for a better opportunity in gaining the necessary skills to benefit me at my current job I was able to continue working for the company I was placed with and it is the most impactful and rewarding

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  • MEDA - Past Interns
    was done to provide humanitarian support for countries in need Sarah s long term goal is to enable people to take responsibility for their own future development and she believes that MEDA s values will help her substantially in meeting these goals Her personal philosophy of helping is summed up by the proverb Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime Peru Techno Links Technology Links for Improved Access and Incomes Stefanie Santana Value Chain Development Intern Stefanie V Santana was born in Peru and then moved to Montréal where she currently lives She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from HEC Montreal in Finance and International Business In addition Stefanie has had the opportunity to live in 3 different continents and has visited more than 15 countries She is quite excited and grateful for this new international experience which will be an interesting journey of hard work accomplishments and fun Tanzania TNVS Tanzania National Voucher Scheme Curtis Shane I T Development Intern Curtis was born and raised in Kincardine ON He graduated from Trent University in Peterborough ON with a Geography Degree as well as completed a Graduate Certificate at Fleming College in Lindsay ON for GIS Application Specialist He has over 5 years past experience working with Mapping GIS databases and programming In the past he volunteered with Mission trips to the Village of Hope in Kisumu Kenya and most recently a few months ago in Harare Zimbabwe as well as with a group Friends of Honduran Children near Tegucigalpa Honduras Past working positions have been with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources City of Brampton and Kawartha Heritage Conservancy Some of his interests include sports soccer hockey tennis listening to music and trying new foods He is looking forward to experience and learn about a new culture and land while assisting MEDA with its TNVS program through distributing ITNs tracking technology and building new relationships with Tanzanians Mary Fehr Impact Assessment Intern Mary was born in Leamington Ontario and lived there until the age of 17 After high school she was given the opportunity to play junior ice hockey for the Boston Shamrocks which led to her to be recruited for Nichols College in Dudley Massachusetts for the next four years She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Marketing with a minor in Communications During the summers she worked at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp where she filled many different roles from counsellor to lifeguard to last summer where she led a leadership program She has been fortunate to be able to travel to a few places such as Germany Paraguay Argentina and most recently Ukraine and Istanbul She loved learning about the different culture in all of these places and is excited to experience life in Tanzania She is quite thankful for this opportunity and looks forward to being part of the great work MEDA does United States Ines Sawadogo Project Coordinator Intern Ines is a Masters candidate for May 2013 studying International Development at American University With her international background as well as being bilingual Ines always finds ways to remain active while in school Before her position as a Project Coordinator Intern with MEDA Ines worked for Women for Women international as a Sponsorship Intern in the spring of 2011 Ines also had a great field internship with Plan International in the summer of 2011 in Burkina Faso her country of origin In the long run Ines would like to found her own NGO which will have the status the power and the expertise to help developing countries all around the world In her free time Ines likes crafting cooking traveling and is still learning to appreciate Americans winters Zambia Techno Links Technology Links for Improved Access and Incomes Jared Worley Rural Microfinance Intern Jared graduated with his Master s degree in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University in southern California For the following three years he worked as a crew leader for the National Park Service leading youth conservation crews in rehabilitation and construction projects in National Parks such as Yosemite Denali Saguaro and Arches During his off season Jared traveled throughout SE Asia backpacking and volunteering in Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam and Indonesia In 2011 2012 Jared served a fellowship for the Seattle based non profit Vittana in Kigali Rwanda Here he worked and partnered at a local microfinance bank implementing financial service products to help university and vocational students complete their education For the past year he has worked in resource development for the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix Arizona Jared is a strong believer in the power of opening up financial access to the under resourced and is excited to serve as a MEDA intern Email Print 2012 MEDA Interns We are pleased to announce that a new group of interns has joined us MEDA is proud to help launch the careers of 14 young people who will be working in various project offices as well as our offices in Washington DC and Waterloo ON Devon Krainer Rural Microfinance Intern Ethiopia Devon was born in Vancouver and raised skiing and hiking in the great outdoors At the University of Western Ontario she studied film for two years before pursuing a degree in business administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business Her academic interests include social innovation and international development In her final year of bachelor studies she gained a certificate in sustainability and studied for five months in Vienna She has worked at a national oil firm and a family owned distribution company undertaking roles in business analysis and project coordination A keen volunteer she was environmental director for student council and VP communications for the Rotary Club Devon is very excited to join MEDA and keen to meet the staff and expand her knowledge of global economic development Kathryn Wyatt Business Development

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  • MEDA - About MEDA
    expertise includes a full range of economic development tools financial services improved technology business training better access to markets and equity investment Our work most often focuses on women youth and the rural poor We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty Our promise Informed by our faith based values we creatively combine enlightened business

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  • MEDA - Our Vision, Mission and Values
    to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Our Vision Mission and Values Our Vision That all people may experience God s love and unleash their potential to earn a livelihood provide for families and enrich their communities Our Mission As an association of Christians faithful in daily work and committed to sharing abilities and resources MEDA creates business solutions to poverty Our Values We seek to create sustain and innovate We treat clients colleagues and partners with respect and dignity We promote justice for the poor by helping them develop entrepreneurial skills and seize economic opportunity We value partnerships with the poor and others regardless of gender race class ethnicity nationality or religion We carefully manage human financial and environmental resources by emphasizing accountability discipline and sustainability About MEDA About MEDA Our Vision

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  • MEDA - Timeline / History
    to work equally well in the newly emancipated countries This required MEDA to re examine some of its basic assumptions and methods of administration 1972 MEDA s initial involvement in Bolivia began with an in country field representative The activities in Bolivia have been varied from the beginning including loans appropriate technology associations consulting and credit services 1973 Roger Friesen began work as MEDA s first full time consultant seconded through MB Missions Services Roger worked with MEDA s loan clients in Colombia to teach minimum standards of performance and provide assistance in problem solving One of Friesen s early and sUbstantial contributions was the drafting of guidelines for recipients of MEDA loans These were designed to enable the recipients to carry on to a large extent when a MEDA director was not present or perhaps after MEDA would no longer provide an outside supervisory person When Roger Friesen returned to North America Luis Correa a Colombian succeeded Friesen and continued the momentum of the MEDA program in Colombia 1974 MEDA began investigation into micro credit Asrat Gebre in Ethiopia and Kenneth Graber in Bolivia both employed full time by MEDA began research into how small amounts of credit can help or hinder small farmers and businesses 1975 MEDA s approach was re evaluated and a clear mandate formed MEDA would 1 offer counseling services to the third world with or without a credit component 2 provide education management support and services thereby developing in country human resources and 3 orient the program to the needs of the lower 30 of the population 1977 MEDA started their first revolving loan fund in coordination with the Association of IndigenousMennonite Services and the Central Credit Committee in Paraguay This loan fund provided agricultural credit for about 900 farmers 1978 By the end of 1978 422 loans had been made in 25 different countries for a total of US 788 680 invested MEDA approved collaboration with MCC and DFATD to work with MENCOLDES a Colombian Mennonite Foundation for Development that provided credit for small businesses 1979 Paul Derstine was appointed Executive Director in the US and Neil Janzen as the Associate Executive Director in Canada Henry Fast was hired on as an Agricultural Development Consultant MEDA undertook a pilot program of economic development in Jamaica focusing on the development of small scale enterprises During the first two years nearly 24 000 was invested in six projects most of which related to the production and marketing of poultry MEDA opens an office in Zaire to monitor loans 1 November 1980 Paul Derstine appointed as Executive Director working out of the MEDA office in Akron PA Neil Janzen and Henry Fast continue to work out of the Winnipeg office with a strong commitment to a team effort n administering the MEDA program in the 80s 1980 The MEDAIMIBA newsletter becomes The Marketplace a joint magazine for Mennonite Industry and Business Associates and Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA began to breakdown membership by regions creating chapters that hold meetings for purposes of fellowship membership and organizational promotion and resource mobilization Program plans for MEDA Bolivia and MEDA Ethiopia approved 1980 MEDA begins offering Human Resource Service The purpose of this service is to make advisory personnel and MEDA members available to MEDA projects and to other organizations 1981 A policy decision was made to concentrate MEDA s international activities in the Caribbean and Latin American regions and reduce activities in many distant countries where MEDA had small scale involvement This was for several reasons the limitations of too few staff to manage numerous projects scattered through many countries the high administrative cost and the opportunity for MEDA to develop fewer but more effective programs This concentration led to the strengthening of programs in Bolivia and the development of significant programs in Haiti and Jamaica as well as a large bi Iateral project in Tanzania The explanation of these organizations would be a side bar to explain the evolution of MEDA and would not appear in the timeline according to the dates of their formation 1969 CIBA Church Industry and Business Associates representing larger businesses such as manufacturers distributors processors and large scale farmers was formed to provide a united Christian witness of members business life to express their ethical concerns and to promote their Christian faith as business people 1973 MBA Mennonite Business Association was formed in 1973 to provide Christian fellowship stimulate Christian witness in business encourage Christian ethics and compile a directory of Mennonite business and professional people 1976 MIBA Mennonite Industry and Business Associates was formed when CIBA and MBA merged Although MBA intended to focus its activities on smaller business owners it was appealing to essentially the same clientele as MIBA It soon became obvious that activities were being duplicated and MIBA was formed incorporating the concerns and interests of both large and small businesses November 15 1981 MEDA and MIBA decided to merge into a single new organization incorporating the purposes of both organizations MEDA now describes itself as an association of Christians in business and the professions who are committed to applying biblical principles in the marketplace by sharing their faith resources The total membership of both organizations combined was 1224 1982 14 15 January 1982 The first meeting of the MEDA Board of Directors after the merger took place Neil Janzen who was Associate Executive Director of the old MEDA was appointed President of the newly merged MEDA with responsibility for the domestic program US and Canada while also providing overall direction in the administration of MEDA Paul Derstine who had served as the old MEDA Executive Director was appointed Vice President of MEDA with responsibility for the international program as well as financial aspects of administration Two official offices are designated for MEDA Winnipeg Manitoba and Lancaster Pennsylvania MEDA s involvement in Haiti began with the design and implementation of the cocoa production and marketing project the primary purpose of which was to establish a cooperatively owned productionmarketing

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