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  • MEDA - MEDA awarded local grant to help alleviate global poverty
    on average through funding from government and organizational donors We are pleased that the Jim and Sue Hallman Fund has chosen to help us create sustainable solutions to poverty said MEDA president Allan Sauder I greatly appreciate the trust of local community organizations We are honoured to be selected for this grant which will help bring dignity and joy to many families In just the past year generous supporters have helped to bring new hope to more than 36 million families living in poverty in 52 developing countries around the world For more information please contact Linda Whitmore lwhitmore meda org or Ethan Eshbach eeshbach meda org at 519 725 1633 Follow us on social media to stay informed about MEDA Twitter medadotorg Facebook MEDA Website www meda org MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium sized businesses in developing regions around the world Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools financial services improved technology business training better access to markets and equity investment Our work

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1784-meda-awarded-local-grant-to-help-alleviate-global-poverty?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Bringing the "A" game
    assistance from BASF s Food Fortification Initiative the MASAVA project works through local oil processors who fortify the unrefined sunflower oil with Vitamin A MEDA then educates communities and promotes the oil in local markets through a mobile based e voucher scheme similar to an introductory product coupon scheme you might see at your local supermarket Hitting the shelves In late November 2015 MEDA project manager for private sector development and health Nadira Saleh traveled to Tanzania to witness the market launches of the innovative sunflower oil Tanzanian regional and national government officials present fortified sunflower oil to a crowd of onlookers at the oil s commercial launch in Babati Manyara on November 26 2015 The product launches serve a dual purpose We feature local music and dance artists to create consumer interest in the product and supplement with educational information sessions on the importance of Vitamin A to gain their confidence leading to consumer sales said Saleh The product faces an uphill battle against the scoop or the traditional oil purchasing method Rather than visiting the local market and purchasing unfortified oil in bulk MEDA is encouraging consumers to purchase tamper proof one liter opaque bottles of the Vitamin A fortified oil at a cheaper and more cost effective rate guaranteeing them product integrity in lines with the guidelines of rigorous research Yet recognizing the demand in the marketplace for twenty liter containers that can be used for scooping the daily requirements of a household MEDA is also exploring prospects for the millers to offer fortified oil in this traditionally preferred package size too Saleh explains A liter of traditional unfortified oil sells for about 3 000 Tanzanian shillings Our fortified oil sells for 3 800 shillings but with the e voucher discount consumers pay 2 900 shillings 1

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1783-bringing-the-a-game?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - MEDA convention attendees rally to raise $100,000+ for women’s economic empowerment work
    initiative from the previous summer which featured a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro with MEDA president Allan Sauder In order to exceed the climber s achievements Fehr and French spontaneously asked if 60 convention attendees would support Bike to GROW with 1 000 pledges Over the course of dinner that evening several pledges were made totaling over 100 000 Mary Fehr L and Sarah French R have raised over 300 000 for MEDA s GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women project in Ghana through their Bike to GROW initiative HIGHLIGHTS The MEDA Convention commenced Nov 5 with race relations expert Dr James Loewen Friday s plenary session took the form of a lunchtime panel discussion featuring family business owners from three North American companies David Greene host of National Public Radio s NPR Morning Edition shared stories from his travels on Saturday s exciting evening address International economic development expert Joyce Bontrager Lehman provided a compelling finale to the convention on Sunday morning during her talk about the world s poor MEDA also introduced its second class of 20 Under 35 Young Professionals Changing the World award winners David Greene host of National Public Radio s NPR Morning Edition shared stories from entrepreneurs and businesspeople in various locations around the world during his Saturday evening address At the Annual General Meeting MEDA president Allan Sauder talked about how MEDA leverages its resources to make the most of its efforts to create business solutions to poverty A few years ago after the Lehman Brothers fiasco and the worldwide financial meltdown the term leveraging fell out of favor Well that is not the kind of leveraging we are talking about ours is a responsible business approach that begins with good stewardship of resources and allows us to achieve the greatest impact for the

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1776-meda-convention-attendees-rally-to-raise-100-000-for-women-s-economic-empowerment-work-2?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - MEDA recognizes new class of 20 Under 35 Awards
    mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print MEDA recognizes new class of 20 Under 35 Awards Young professionals embody faith service and an entrepreneurial spirit WATERLOO ON MEDA Mennonite Economic Development Associates recently recognized 20 young professionals for their world changing work at the 2015 MEDA Convention in Richmond Va This marks the second year for the 20 Under 35 Young Professionals Changing the World Awards Everence a faith based financial services organization sponsored the initiative MEDA established the 20 Under 35 Awards in 2014 to recognize young professionals under 35 who exemplify MEDA values faith service and an entrepreneurial spirit After an open call for nominations nine Canadians and eleven Americans were selected as award recipients We re recognizing an incredible class of young professionals this year said Ethan Eshbach coordinator of engagement initiatives These individuals are exemplary leaders in their churches communities and businesses Their business acumen commitment to faith and passion for service is truly humbling The 20 recipients are Jirah Dueck Winnipeg MB Andrew Yantzi Waterloo ON Andrew Ewert Carol Stream IL Alex Miller Sarasota FL Ben Weaver Telford PA Bethany Tran Durham NC Brandon Kroeker Delta BC Chris Ewert Carol Stream IL Chris Meyer Goshen IN Christina Fast Calgary AB Derek Martin Woolwich ON Jacob Riyadi Wibowo Philadelphia PA Jeremy Goertz New Hamburg ON Jon Carlson Lancaster PA Jono Cullar Waterloo ON Justin Oberholtzer Lancaster PA Kaylie Tiessen Toronto ON Matthew Penner Steinbach MB Nate Weaver Telford PA Rylan Miller Harper KS The world needs to know about these people says Dave Warren chief engagement officer The young professionals we recognized this year are living out MEDA s values in their workplaces and communities We want them to know that their incredible efforts don t go unnoticed These talented young

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1773-meda-recognizes-new-class-of-20-under-35-awards (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - MEDA recognizes new class of 20 Under 35 Awards
    call for nominations nine Canadians and eleven Americans were selected as award recipients We re recognizing an incredible class of young professionals this year said Ethan Eshbach coordinator of engagement initiatives These individuals are exemplary leaders in their churches communities and businesses Their business acumen commitment to faith and passion for service is truly humbling The 20 recipients are Jirah Dueck Winnipeg MB Andrew Yantzi Waterloo ON Andrew Ewert Carol Stream IL Alex Miller Sarasota FL Ben Weaver Telford PA Bethany Tran Durham NC Brandon Kroeker Delta BC Chris Ewert Carol Stream IL Chris Meyer Goshen IN Christina Fast Calgary AB Derek Martin Woolwich ON Jacob Riyadi Wibowo Philadelphia PA Jeremy Goertz New Hamburg ON Jon Carlson Lancaster PA Jono Cullar Waterloo ON Justin Oberholtzer Lancaster PA Kaylie Tiessen Toronto ON Matthew Penner Steinbach MB Nate Weaver Telford PA Rylan Miller Harper KS The world needs to know about these people says Dave Warren chief engagement officer The young professionals we recognized this year are living out MEDA s values in their workplaces and communities We want them to know that their incredible efforts don t go unnoticed These talented young professionals are already making an important contribution and we

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1773-meda-recognizes-new-class-of-20-under-35-awards?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Bike to GROW hits fundraising goal, raises the bar
    about 2 000 kilometres and three provinces to go so we don t want to lose our momentum A lot of people have expressed interest in supporting the ride so we re raising the bar to 175 000 Bike to GROW their cross country ride in the name of women s empowerment started in Victoria BC May 18 Since kicking off their trip Fehr and French have cycled over 6 000 kilometres Some riding days included biking 150 kilometres in inclement weather It s been awesome to watch Sarah and Mary s progression over the last few months Their passion for empowering women in Ghana is infectious and their fervor for promoting MEDA s work is humbling says Ethan Eshbach coordinator of engagement initiatives at MEDA Christine Faveri director of MEDA s Women s Economic Opportunities team applauds the Bike to GROW team s tenacity and commitment It is so inspirational to watch these young women reach their own personal and fundraising goals We are grateful for their enthusiasm to support our GROW team in Ghana We know how empowering women changes lives and Sarah and Mary are a testament to that Mary and Sarah will complete their ride Sept 1 in St John s Newfoundland A celebration of their incredible accomplishments will take place in Leamington ON Sept 5 About Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium sized businesses in developing regions around the world Our 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

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1713-bike-to-grow-hits-fundraising-goal-raises-the-bar (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Passionate MEDA supporter anticipates all-women field experience
    Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Passionate MEDA supporter anticipates all women field experience MEDA field experiences offer supporters the opportunity to meet people changed by our business minded approach to poverty and to learn how MEDA s work enriches lives This fall however we re adding a new twist to our traditional field experiences MEDA staffers Ruth Leaman and Bethany Nussbaum will lead an all women field experience trip to Eastern Africa in October to visit our Ethiopian EDGET Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade project Charlotte Rosenberger one of the women taking part in the Women Empowering Women Field Experience had a key role in shaping the 10 day trip I m looking forward to the adventure of traveling with strong mature women and sharing in the communal leadership together The party will see MEDA project farmers in action Charlotte grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa and has a special place in her heart for working with the soil She and her husband have made a point of taking good care of the earth We ve restored the soils and the environment into a healthy economically sustainable farm Charlotte is hoping to share some of what she s learned with women farmers she meets Empowering women is important to Charlotte It s a proven fact when women are empowered they work together and bring the whole village with them They are more respected by their husbands and more equal Charlotte sees the trip s band of women as a village traveling together and sharing their gifts with one another The visitors will see MEDA s current projects and meet women participants MEDA s work with women will

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1709-passionate-meda-supporter-anticipates-all-women-field-experience (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - MEDA to recognize world-changing young professionals
    seek to recognize 20 young professionals under the age of 35 who exhibit a commitment to faith service and an entrepreneurial spirit Nominations will be accepted until Sept 1 2015 and are available at www 20under35 com MEDA started the 20 Under 35 initiative in 2014 as a way to recognize an often unnoticed group of amazing young individuals enriching their communities their businesses and their networks for good At MEDA we have the unique opportunity to witness young people changing their world as we engage with our dedicated network of supporters We want to make sure these people are honored for their important efforts says Dave Warren chief engagement officer at MEDA Ethan Eshbach coordinator of the 20 Under 35 awards agrees It s a humbling experience to look at the nominations we receive These young professionals aren t doing their work for personal gain They re deeply invested in the lives of others and are passionate about making the world a better place This year MEDA is pleased to welcome Everence Financial as the official sponsor for the awards As an organization that embraces MEDA values we are delighted to partner with them in this initiative says Warren The awards are changing the lives of past recipients Chris Steingart owner of QT Webdesign in Kitchener ON and a 2014 20 Under 35 award honoree said recently that this recognition positively impacted his business Clients saw the coverage that came with winning a 20 Under 35 award and it reminded them to get in touch with my business Award recipients will be celebrated at the 2015 MEDA Convention in Richmond Virginia To nominate an exceptional young professional today visit 20under35 com For more information please contact Linda Whitmore lwhitmore meda org Ethan Eshbach eeshbach meda org 519 725 1633

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news/media-centre-press-releases/1700-meda-to-recognize-world-changing-young-professionals (2016-02-17)
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