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  • MEDA - Donor Agencies
    Get Social MEDA s Facebook Page Twitter MEDA Videos meda tv MEDA Blog Stories from the Field Client Stories Personal Reflections MEDA Web Links Get Involved MEDA Convention Upcoming MEDA Events MEDA Field Experiences How to Get Involved Youth Connect MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA 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 Email Print Donor Agencies MEDA gratefully acknowledges the support of these key donors International Government Agencies Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada International Development Research Centre DFID Department for International Development European Union FAO Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Japan International Cooperation Agency UN Capital Development Fund USAID US Department of Labor Major Foundations Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation MasterCard Foundation Development Banks IADB The IFC The World Bank MEDA Creating business solutions to

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  • MEDA - Affiliations
    an important component of our services providing people with a secure quick and cheap means of accessing their savings Joining the Better Than Cash Alliance will allow us to be part of the collective effort to make these types of electronic payments more widely available especially to the poorest and most underserved communities around the world To read the full press release click here To learn how MEDA is empowering the poor through our work to expand digital payments click here to read our fact sheet To view a case study slideshow highlighting the impact the Techno Links project is having on farmers and enterprises in Nicaragua through our parternship with microfinance bank MiCredito click here By partnering with Banco America Central BAC MiCredito now offers its loan clients a BAC bank account and debit card to access their loan To view a case study slideshow highlighting the impact the Techno Links project is having on farmers and enterprises who can now transact electronically in Zambia through our partner Zoona click here Using mobile phones and an agent network to provide access to electronic money transfers payment services and voucher programs Zoona s motto is to make money transactions in Africa Easy Quick Safe for those previously unbanked The Risk Management Initiative for Microfinance RIM MEDA recently co founded an exciting initiative to bring risk management in microfinance to the next level together with Appui au Développement Autonome ADA Calmeadow Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion CFI MFX Solutions Oikocredit REGMIFA and Triple Jump The Risk Management Initiative for Microfinance RIM aims to contribute to the development of awareness best practices and appropriate standards for risk management in microfinance globally The mission of RIM is to contribute to the development of awareness best practices and appropriate standards for risk management

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  • MEDA - Executive Staff / Board of Directors
    Ltd He has lived and worked in Tanzania and Bangladesh and his travels have taken him to more than 65 countries Allan holds an M B A from the University of Western Ontario and a B Sc from the University of Waterloo GERALD MORRISON Chief Financial Officer Gerald joined MEDA in 1997 serving as Finance Manager and then Controller prior to his appointment as CFO in 2010 He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B A in Accountancy from the University of Waterloo Prior to joining MEDA Gerald worked in public accounting for four years He has completed internal audits set up accounting and financial systems and performed consultancies in more than 10 countries KIM PITYN Chief Operations Officer Kim joined MEDA in 1990 and has worked in various capacities in the organization including Vice President International Operations and Director of Human Resources 2003 2010 and Project Director of the Rural Small Business Development Program in Haiti Her work has taken her to more than 40 countries Prior to joining MEDA Kim worked as a Regional Manager with the Contact Human Resource Group She has an Honours Business Degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario a Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario designation and a Certificate in Adult Education from St Francis Xavier University GERHARD PRIES President Sarona Asset Management Inc Gerhard Pries joined MEDA in 1993 He serves as Founding President of Sarona Asset Management and Co Founder and Director of MicroVest Capital Management He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of MEDA Founding Chairman of MicroCap Capital Management and Latin America Challenge Investment Fund and Founding Director of International Association of Micro Finance Investors He cut his teeth equally at PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the feet of Mother Teresa s Sisters of Charity DAVID WARREN Chief Engagement Officer Dave Warren supervises a staff of 16 in MEDA s Member Engagement area and serves on the organization s executive leadership team Before coming to MEDA in 2013 Dave was VP of core markets and philanthropic planning at Everence Financial Advisors and the Mennonite Foundation where he managed 110 financial professionals He was formerly Chief Development Officer at public broadcaster WITF in Harrisburg PA He holds a Bachelor s degree in Business a Master s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a certified fundraising executive Dave is President of the Susquehanna Valley Planned giving council a member of the board of directors at Philhaven Behavioral Health in Mt Gretna PA and serves as Co Chair of the Board of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church in Grantham PA MEDA Board of Directors Officers Albert Bert Friesen Chair President CEO Medicure Inc Genesys Venture Inc Gary Leis Secretary CEO Leis Pet Distributing Inc James Schlegel Treasurer President RBJ Schlegel Holdings Tim Penner Vice Chair President CEO Harper Industries U S Regional Directors Bryce Bergey Northeast Vice President Univest Corp Greg Gaeddert Great Lakes Managing Partner BIZ Capital Partners LLC James Miller Gulf States President

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  • MEDA - Frequently Asked Questions
    markets we wish to reach What does the Mennonite in MEDA mean on the ground in international program areas Based on our faith orientation we believe it is important to live by a higher ethic go the extra mile and care about those we collaborate with Sustainability and accountability are important to us We believe that our faith calls us to live out our values by supporting business oriented economic development programs that create sustainable livelihoods for the poor How does MEDA work together with other Mennonite organizations Our focus on business development sets us apart from many other organizations areas of specialty so there is not a lot of overlap in our work and their mission Nonetheless we collaborate where we can We have worked with Mennonite Disaster Service in the Gulf region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and with Mennonite Central Committee on post disaster business assistance in Haiti We also have collaborated with MCC field programs in the past We participate in meetings of the Mennonite World Conference from time to time Through The Marketplace we participate in Meetinghouse the Mennonite editors association What percent of interest does MEDA charge on microfinance loans How does this compare with interest generally charged by other organizations Entrepreneurs who receive loans through a microfinance institution MFI are charged interest at an affordable rate In most MFIs an annual interest rate of 20 36 is normal While that rate may be higher than North Americans pay to their banks MFIs provide a high level of service to their clients They visit clients in their homes often in remote rural communities Some MFIs provide business and finance skills training These small institutions must cover these costs and make a small margin so they can grow and serve their communities Without expansion they cannot meet the needs of a growing population Interest earned on loans helps an MFI to recover the cost of delivering their services which ensures their long term viability Free credit services that are sometimes available in the developing world can distort local markets and ultimately do not provide a sustainable option as the project comes to an end As the microfinance industry matures and more competition comes into the marketplace rates tend to become lower as operating efficiencies are realized What other organizations are involved in microfinance There are some 10 000 microfinance institutions MFIs with over 100 million clients around the world in an industry that is only 30 years old A third of these organizations are dedicated solely to microfinance eg ACCION For others World Vision CARE microfinance is just one component of the services they offer There is also a large number more than 100 of investment funds such as MEDA s partner MicroVest investing in MFIs around the world What percent of the total staff are hired locally and when does MEDA use volunteers MEDA s first preference is to hire locally from within the country or community where we work and 80 of our staff

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  • MEDA - MEDA Engagement
    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 About MEDA Engagement MEDA is a global economic development organization that engages thousands of supporters from across Canada the United States and Europe Our supporters include business people and many others who identify with our mission values and programs We firmly believe that unleashing entrepreneurship is the best way to alleviate poverty We believe that we are called to live our faith values in our own work settings and to create sustainable solutions to poverty throughout the world MEDA affirms that all people are called to use their resources to help others no matter where they work or what they do We also affirm that business is a special calling from God the creation of employment and beneficial products is part of God s work in the world We invite people who share these values to join us in connecting faith and work in a needy world MEDA engages its supporters through products and events such as The Marketplace magazine and MEDAzine MEDA s annual convention Local MEDA chapter activities and regional events MEDA sponsored tours MEDA supporters may choose to be voting members of MEDA MEDA is incorporated as a non profit association and its members of record form the core ownership of MEDA The members present at the annual general meeting elect the Board of Directors and vote on all other matters presented There are no financial benefits of MEDA membership MEDA members are expected to provide an annual contribution to MEDA to support MEDA s mission and values to be involved with MEDA

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  • MEDA - MEDA Engagement Staff
    Foundation Marlin has earned the designation CAP Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy through The American College He is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute of William Mary College in Williamsburg VA MARION GOOD Regional Director of Resource Development A long time MEDA supporter and participant Marion was a member of the MEDA board of directors for seven years including four years on the executive committee She joined staff in 2011 Marion served in management positions with Mennonite Savings and Credit Union for 15 years She was a founding member of the Waterloo Region ASSETS Program WRAP and has also been a board member with Children and Family Services Wellesley and District Board of Trade and Wellesley Community Health Centre MAUREEN CRAWFORD Manager Donor Relations Maureen Crawford received her Administrative and Policy degree from Trent University She worked in the telecommunications industry with Bell and IBM for 20 years in customer service and sales For the past 10 years she has worked in the non profit sector helping to lead the restructuring of a large national organization Maureen joined MEDA in 2009 as manager resource development where she focuses on donor stewardship MICHAEL MILLER Regional Director Resource Development Michael has an extensive background in sales marketing and financial advising From 1991 to 2010 he worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid in Goshen Indiana nine years as regional sales manager regional vice president and the past 10 years as regional representative vice president with the Mennonite Foundation MMA Trust Company Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Williams College in Williamstown MA Working from his home office in Kansas Michael is responsible for the US Mid West territory RUTH LEAMAN Regional Director of Resource Development Ruth brings six years of successful fundraising experience in Mennonite education to her new role Ruth most recently worked at Hinkletown Mennonite School where she led a major capital campaign as their director of advancement Previously as an executive advancement associate at Lancaster Mennonite School she launched an international development program Association Engagement CAROL EBY GOOD Manager Association Engagement In 2005 Carol joined MEDA s Association Engagement department coordinating MEDA s annual Business as a Calling convention and outreach to MEDA chapters Previously she worked in human resources with Mennonite Central Committee 1991 2005 based in Akron PA and with Evangelicals for Social Action in Philadelphia PA from 1988 1990 Carol holds a Masters of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in business administration from Eastern Mennonite University WALLY KROEKER Director of Publications Wally joined MEDA in 1985 as editor of The Marketplace Previously he worked for the Regina Leader Post Saskatchewan Business Journal Winnipeg Tribune and The Christian Leader Wally has a BA from Tabor College Hillsboro KS and an MA from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Fresno CA His books include God s Week has Seven Days Herald Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians with Ben Sprunger and Carol Suter Herald and an online career guide You re Hired available

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  • MEDA - MEDA in the News
    Women in Ghana by Aisha Abdelhamid for EdenKeeper Cycling across Canada on a mission On a mission to support women soybean farmers in Northern Ghana two young women will undertake a four month bike ride across Canada to raise 150 000 The money will go to Mennonite Economic Development Associates GROW project in Ghana GROW or Greater Rural Opportunities for Women is a six year project to help improve the incomes and food security of 20 000 women and their families Bike to GROW the name of Sarah French and Mary Fehr s mission is scheduled to begin on May 18 in Victoria British Columbia and conclude on September 5 in Leamington Ontario On their way East across the length of Canada Sarah and Mary plan to speak with locals about Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA the GROW project and their experience making strategic stops at Mennonite churches community centers and MEDA chapters Not Your Typical 20 Somethings Recently participating in a Mennonite Economic Development Associates intern program Sarah French worked in Nicaragua on an agriculture project Mary Fehr worked in Tanzania on a health project Both 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 encouraged many people to join us in our mission to create business solutions

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  • MEDA - Media Centre / Press Releases
    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 34 USD We re trying to create value for the product and hope that over time people realize the important role Vitamin A plays in nutritional health and continue to demand the product on its own nutrition merits Innovative research In an interview Saleh expressed her excitement for the cutting edge MASAVA project As far as we know this is the first time unrefined fortified sunflower oil is being sold in the developing world The project is a hybrid model combining health education and discount based marketing Our goal at the end of this project is to see better nourished households and to provide robust evidence based research that proves that this model works MEDA is working with three research teams to capture data and consumer behavior Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania the University of Waterloo Canada and the Royal Tropical Institute or KIT Netherlands When we ve succeeded When the project ends in early 2017 MEDA hopes to have increased access to fortified sunflower oil to the families of 65 000 children potentially having reached over 400 000 individuals Increased access will help decrease the rates of malnutrition due to Vitamin A deficiency By working through local partners and businesses MEDA will have strengthened the local economy providing employment opportunities and better livelihoods for farmers and entrepreneurs Email Print MEDA convention attendees rally to raise 100 000 for women s economic empowerment work Lancaster Pa On Saturday evening at MEDA s Mennonite Economic Development Associates annual convention Nov 5 8 supporters rallied to raise over 100 000 for Bike to GROW a fundraising initiative to support MEDA s work with women entrepreneurs Bike to GROW headed by two young women who cycled across Canada to raise money for MEDA s GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women project in Ghana raised over 200 000 from May September Even though they surpassed their original fundraising goal of 150 000 cyclists Mary Fehr and Sarah French wanted to outdo a fundraising initiative from the previous summer which featured a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro with MEDA

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