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  • MEDA - Spreading the word about GROW
    Fehr says French was interested in doing a cross Canada bike trip so she could see the rest of the country She kept talking about it I kept avoiding the conversation Fehr jokes After their several months abroad the two decided to embark on the trip together Almost immediately after the decision was made they decided to take the opportunity to give back to MEDA and support women entrepreneurs in the process We had both seen different levels of inequality with women during our internships and how much of a difference MEDA s making We wanted to give back Fehr says adding I was really shocked at how much of a difference MEDA made The women are hoping to raise 150 000 for MEDA s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women GROW program a sustainable development program that helps women farmers in Ghana grow more soybeans and forge market links that increase their incomes By their first day on the road the pair were almost a third of the way towards their fundraising goal All monies raised will be matched nine times by Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada meaning that if they reach their goal the total will jump to

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1661-spreading-the-word-about-grow?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Donate today!
    Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways 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 310 000 approx as of Nov 11 CDN Donations US Donations Mary Fehr and Sarah French complete their bike journey across Canada to help women entrepreneurs in Ghana Meet two inspiring women Sarah French and Mary Fehr They returned from MEDA internships wanting to get more involved in MEDA s mission creating business solutions to poverty This summer they biked across Canada raising over 200 000 to empower women entrepreneurs in Ghana through MEDA s GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women project Bike to GROW started May 18 in Victoria BC and ended September 5 in Leamington ON Tweets from biketogrow I was finally able to connect with Doug Foley the author of an amazing podcast Happiness of Pursuit I feel https t co wklTmYbVlC by Bike To Grow Feeling so nostalgic after looking these photos what an incredible year Can t wait for all the surprises 2016 https t co U8jgPcVstx by Bike To Grow Bye Bye Ebola the happiest music video of the year https t co ZLT5RyQ9qf by Bike To Grow https t co hpSwNPfmgy by Bike To Grow What an amazing women A story worth a read https t co ygxLLMLofK by Bike To Grow Bike to Grow Donate today Support the Riders CDN Support the Riders USA Meet the Riders Meet our Sponsors Messages from Supporters News About

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  • MEDA - Two Women Cycling to Aid 20,000 Women in Ghana
    saw the beneficial impact of their projects as women were being helped out of poverty and they started looking for ways to become more involved Sarah remarked The GROW project is assisting 20 000 women farmers and their families to sustainably emerge from poverty Mary and I wanted to support a project that focused on women because we saw the gender inequalities while on our own internships Sarah continued It couldn t be more symbolic Two women cycling across Canada representing independent self sufficient women Mary added I love to take on a challenge and prove to myself that absolutely anything is possible with willpower and determination She added Sarah and I cannot fail especially with the amazing support we ve received We re no longer just biking for ourselves but for all of MEDA MEDA s supporters and of course the women and families in Ghana Mennonite Economic Development Associates Mennonite Economic Development Associates or MEDA was founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals An international economic development organization its mission is to alleviate poverty through business solutions Affirming that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood they furthermore believe that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty With a full range of entrepreneurial expertise MEDA works in developing nations partnering with the poor to start or grow small and medium sized businesses Focusing on women youth and the rural poor Mennonite Economic Development Associates offer business training technology upgrades financial services equity investment and improved access to markets Sharing Life Changing Stories Across Canada Coordinator of Engagement Initiatives Ethan Eshbach said It s really inspiring to see Sarah and Mary s passion for how MEDA works and their determination to succeed for women in Ghana Eshbach noted Bike to GROW has

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1662-two-women-cycling-to-aid-20-000-women-in-ghana?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Biking across Canada to support women
    of us are bikers Fehr says with a smile so we are learning some things about it this year They hope to average about a hundred kilometres per day and without a support vehicle Their budget of 8 000 each which they worked to save this past year includes ferry fees the occasional night in a motel and plane tickets from St John s to Waterloo Ont at the conclusion

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1675-biking-across-canada-to-support-women?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Riding for women farmers
    farmers by Jessica Kerr for the Delta Optimist Ontario duo passes through South Delta during the early days of a cross country bike trek Two women biking their way across the country to raise money to empower female farmers in Africa made a stop in Ladner this week Sarah French and Mary Fehr who both hail from Ontario started their cross Canada trek Bike to Grow Monday in Victoria After getting off the ferry in Tsawwassen the pair rode to Ladner where they spent the evening before heading to Vancouver on Wednesday French said they dipped their back tires in the Pacific Ocean in Victoria and they plan to dip their front tires in the Atlantic Ocean when they arrive in St John s Newfoundland in September French and Fehr are riding to raise funds and awareness for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA Greater Rural Opportunities for Women Project The money raised will help female farmers in Ghana learn better techniques to increase their yields as well as how to explore new ways to make money such as tending livestock and poultry Both women have worked with MEDA in the past and met two years ago at an orientation session in Waterloo Ontario After the session they went their separate ways Fehr was doing impact assessment work in Tanzania while French was in Nicaragua working in sustainable development and agriculture Both said they witnessed great inequalities between men and women and when they returned to Canada decided they wanted to do something to give back to MEDA Fehr however wasn t initially on board with the idea of cycling across the country It was all French s idea It s kind of been a passion of mine to ride across Canada she said I absolutely did not want to

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1657-riding-for-women-farmers (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Perkiomen Trail ride to support MEDA GROW project
    on 09 April 2015 Source Perkiomen Trail Ride to Support MEDA Project by Lora for Franconia Conference Mennonite Church USA Want to help women in Ghana learn to grow soybeans Bring your bicycle to Salford Mennonite Church on Saturday May 2 to join a ride on the Perkiomen Trail organized by Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA The ride will start at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville Pennsylvania at 2 00 p m The ride will be led by Sarah French and Mary Fehr two Canadians who were interns with MEDA in 2013 After this ride they will travel by bike across Canada starting in Victoria British Columbia and riding 5 412 miles to St John s New Brunswick Their trip will take four months to allow for stops along the way to raise awareness about MEDA s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women GROW project The GROW project started in 2012 and has impacted 20 000 women and their families Teaching women to farm creates economic empowerment which strengthens women creating equality says Sarah French So improving their skills can help bring a community out of poverty and spur economic growth Mary and Sarah s goal is to raise 150 000 by biking across Canada I want to be a part of this because by teaching the women to grow soybeans they are creating a sustainable livelihood that will allow them to make choices based on the future rather than rash decisions due to necessities says Mary Mary and Sarah will be sharing about their internship experiences and their upcoming Canadian bike ride at a dinner at Dock Woods Community on April 30 To RSVP to this event email delvalmeda yahoo com This event is sponsored by the Delaware Valley MEDA chapter The Perkiomen Trail ride is sponsored by the MEDA

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1663-perkiomen-trail-ride-to-support-meda-grow-project (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Ghana: Simple Technology Offers Rural Communities A Route Out Of Fragility
    Poor crops mean no surplus to sell Women use Talking Books in Suke Ghana Peter Guest Drought tolerant varieties are available but they are poorly distributed Government agricultural extension workers used to travel out to remote communities to educate farmers on when to plant and how to use improved seeds and fertilisers but years of cutbacks mean that the few people still on the payroll are thinly stretched and often lack the funds even to put petrol in their motorbikes In such communities it is often women who are the most economically disenfranchised Although primary schooling is compulsory in Ghana for boys and girls it is not free In a traditionally patriarchal society it is boys that are educated when funds run out Girls are far less likely to move onto secondary education and often remain in agriculture which employs more than 60 percent of the population Labour surveys show that women are far less likely to work in formal salaried employment Combined this means that the challenges of rural development are more acutely felt by women and girls Giving women in these communities even basic information on efficient agricultural practices and healthcare can have an enormous multiplier effect on their standard of living and crucially ensure that they have the resources and self confidence to make sure that the next generation of girls is educated and economically empowered The brainchild of American entrepreneur Cliff Schmidt and local technologist Andy Bayor the Talking Book devices aim in a small way to fill the gap left by the absence of government services in these remote communities Each can carry up to 150 hours of content ranging from agricultural advice public health announcements and audio dramas with social messages that inform women of their rights to property and to a voice within their communities When Ebola hit in West Africa the devices were updated with hygiene advice Literacy Bridge their NGO works with other charities and development agencies to produce the content because as Bayor admits We don t know much about health and we don t know much about agriculture The project has been shortlisted for the WISE Award an educational prize given out annually by the Qatar based World Innovation Summit for Education It is a deceptively simple device costing around 30 per unit although Bayor hopes that producing at volume could bring the price down to 10 apiece but its potential social and economic benefits are huge given the vacuum in which it is operating In partnership with Mennonite Economic Development Associates a Canadian NGO women in Suke have been planting soybeans supported by instructions on when to plant and how to treat the crops on the Talking Books It is a trial programme taking in 30 communities Women take the device home for a week listen to the content then pass it onto their neighbours This device teaches us how to farm says Bagiro Abena a local woman who has been using the Talking Book in Suke We

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/1701-ghana-simple-technology-offers-rural-communities-a-route-out-of-fragility (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Face to face: Mentoring an emerging fund manager
    from fully participating in the global sector most problematic being able to overcome the stigma of being labeled a first time fund and convincing investors beyond home borders of the investment worthiness of their funds Funds without an established track record have a tough time making a strong case for international investors Structured mentorship is a critical mechanism for imparting knowledge and for exploring ways to build the confidence of institutional investors in a fund manager Enlightened fund managers are very interested in opportunities to test their fund strategies and plans with a mentor who can be an external and unbiased resource Fund managers benefit from having an unbiased sounding board for their investment pitches and fund messaging as well as to review their own fund investment processes and governance They benefit from having an expert viewpoint on how best to navigate the processes set by investors Mentors are fund managers who have already travelled down the path the mentee has only just begun Mentors with extensive sector experience can easily pick out chinks in a fund and point out misalignments bringing a valued investor perspective Mentors serve as a strategic sounding board for business and investment strategies and help shape plans In 2013 the Government of Canada through Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada DFATD supported the formation of a unique program called Impact Investing in Frontier Markets INFRONT to support sustainable development in frontier and emerging markets Through the initiative the Government of Canada made a 14 5 million investment commitment and also provided 5 million to launch both a Sustainability Innovation Grant SIG and a mentorship program The INFRONT Global Fund Manager Mentorship Program is an innovative pubic private partnership between three Canadian organizations Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA Sarona Asset Management and the MaRS Centre for

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