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  • MEDA - Madebo: No more shortage of food (Ethiopia)
    USD for a monthly average income of 8 35 USD In a bad year he would earn 50 USD for a monthly average income of 4 15 USD Through the project Madebo along with other potato producers in his community were supported to access improved potato varieties Prior to this they used the local variety and would onsume the potatoes immediately after harvest We couldn t sell it or get income from it We didn t store it for future plantation either In 2013 he received 250 kilograms of Irish potato seed and produced 1600 kilograms He sold 1300 kilograms and profited 100 USD and kept 300 kilograms for his household consumption The following year he received 150 kilograms of improved seed from the project and produced 3000 kilograms He stored 2000 kilograms sold 500 kilograms and kept 500 kilograms for consumption He generated 62 50 USD and will be able to earn even more by selling the potato as seed The project also facilitated the organization of potato cooperatives Madebo is a member of the Delbo Wogane Potato Producers Cooperative that has 102 members 80 male and 22 female that was established in November 2014 Being part of a cooperative allows them to access a storage unit to keep their potato seed and have improved bargaining power in the market The biggest change Madeo has experienced is improved food security He can now feed his family and not worry about a shortage of food The second biggest change for him was acquiring new skills and knowledge Before I didn t have the skills or knowledge to store potatoes in a diffused light storage DLS Through the project I was introduced to this new type of technology expresses Madebo He also received training on how to produce when to produce

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1780-madebo-no-more-shortage-of-food-ethiopia?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Tsehay: "Yes we can!" (Ethiopia)
    year since I became a member and I cannot imagine life without this service Before joining my VSLA I was unable to afford 200 ETB USD 10 00 to hospitalize my son who suddenly became ill From that moment I knew I needed change in my life so that my income could properly support my family When I joined the project I took out a 200 ETB USD 10 00 loan and bought a small cart I began renting the cart to others which provided me with enough profit to repay the loan and begin saving After experiencing the success with that venture I took out a 900 ETB USD 45 00 loan to begin a fruit and vegetable retail trade I have since been able to increase my profits and my income has improved In the past I had joined similar saving groups with other organizations However these programs did not offer training sessions that empowered me to save and understand what to do with the money My membership with E FACE gave me access not only to financial literacy programs but also to income generating activities Another aspect that makes this project so unique is the extensive follow

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1778-tsehay-yes-we-can-ethiopia?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Mofida: A woman with big ambitions (Libya)
    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 Mofida A woman with big ambitions Libya Mofida Khudana with a diploma and a degree in business management owns a modest women s clothing store in her city of Ghadamis but she has much bigger dreams She wants a building to attract both Libyans and tourists a combined centre for human development and small hotel Mofida joined the LWEE Libya Women Economic Empowerment program to learn new business skills and access resources to be better prepared to implement her new larger plan I was determined to start my own business Since graduating Mofida has developed building plans conducted a financial study and is finalizing her budget The LWEE program opened up my horizons I learned that even if you don t have the resources to implement your idea it s enough to have a dream and

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1679-mofida-a-woman-with-big-ambitions-libya (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Tekabech: A change in attitude (Ethiopia)
    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 Tekabech A change in attitude Ethiopia Tekabech Teklu is a member of the village saving association for youth VSAY group Worek Amarfe which translates into The Golden Seat At sixteen in Addis Ababa she is keen on studying political science and hopes to become the first female president of Ethiopia She is well spoken confident and full of positivity regarding her future and that of her country But Tekabech was not always like this Prior to being part of the E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation project Tekabech was a different person She talks about arguing with everyone in her neighborhood and at home She was quick to pick a fight with others and didn t see the value in helping with housework or with the weaving work done by her parents After participating in Keep Safe training and being part of a VSAY she has changed her attitude and feels a sense of responsibility towards her family and her education She goes to school more regularly now and feels more confident about working hard and saving for a better future Before becoming a VSAY member I was very argumentative and fought with everyone Now I have a sense of responsibility and know how to work with others in a team Members of Worek Amarfe want to use their savings to start a group business the first internet café in their community The group has already shared out individual amounts upon successful completion of one year of savings and Tekabech used her savings to buy school supplies In this second cycle of savings her group has opened a shared bank

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1620-tekabech-a-change-in-attitude-ethiopia (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Moises: Family business makes pottery the traditional way (Nicaragua)
    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 Moises Family business makes pottery the traditional way Nicaragua Moises is a potter in San Juan de Oriente Nicaragua who prides himself on creating custom pieces to suit his customers desires He uses a traditional hand powered wheel because the quality of the work is very important to him This business has been running for 40 years It is a pioneer in this community Moises shares It s a business we inherited from our grandparents and it should last for many years more Moises makes two types of ceramics kitchen and ornamental though most of his pieces are used in the kitchen In the areas where we are most of the families make pottery but I m the only one who makes these big pots Moises can make up to 20 of these large pots used to store rice in two days The clay from mines in his community is prepared by local people Moises adds water and sand to make the clay more flexible Once he has created the shape he embellishes it with carvings or decorations Then he lets the piece dry before taking it to the oven The oven is fired two to three times per week depending on demand Afterwards the pottery is either painted or left plain Moises sells his pottery in the local market and to tourists who visit his shop A

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1538-moises-family-business-makes-pottery-the-traditional-way-nicaragua (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Carlos: Pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams (Nicaragua)
    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 Carlos Pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams Nicaragua Carlos Hernandez was born and raised on one of the many islands surrounding Nicaragua When he started looking for work he came to the mainland to sell goods at a local market before trying to work in real estate though neither venture was very successful Carlos used his first paycheck to buy a boat leaving behind his previous jobs to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams His idea was to provide tours of Nicaragua by water Carlos named the boat Scarlett after his daughter and Karina after his wife who were both gifts to me from God Carlos lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Granada with his wife and three children He s been working in the tourism industry for over 10 years My business is the tourists he says noting January to Easter is the high season for his services Carlos recently became a client of MiCredito MEDA s microfinance partner in Nicaragua and is happy with the service he receives The manager the staff they re excellent people They are very efficient and solve any problem in no time The 800 loan he obtained from MiCredito has allowed him to expand his boat tour business Thanks to MiCredito I got a second boat and was able to

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1536-carlos-pursuing-his-entrepreneurial-dreams-nicaragua (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Jamilelh: Creating her own beginning (Nicaragua)
    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 Jamilelh Creating her own beginning Nicaragua J amilelh Flores is a tortilla maker and owner of a small roadside stand in Nicaragua selling fast food and natural drinks She employs three people to help her serve many local customers during the long hours from 5am to 7 8pm Her most common dishes incorporate tortillas and cheese Jamilelh started her business 20 years ago She had a bad experience with a previous group loan and had to pay money she didn t use to cover the debts of others in the group The most difficult part is when you don t have money Jamilelh openly says Once you have the money you have a beginning With an initial loan of 300 from MiCredito MEDA s microfinance partner in Nicaragua this single mother of two children changed her family s life The loan is a way to help me out with my business to help me grow Now after nine

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1535-jamilelh-creating-her-own-beginning-nicaragua (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Oracio: A potter who loves the process (Nicaragua)
    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 Oracio A potter who loves the process Nicaragua In Nicaragua Oracio Perez has been working since he was 15 years old After struggling to find a job he went to school to learn ceramics and has made it his life s work for the past 25 years It s a family business Six of us work together he acknowledges Oracio and his family purchase the clay from a local mine We are blessed by God because we have a lot of clay around he admits To prepare the clay potters like Oracio put it through a process to become clay dough initially adding water to make it wet and then adding sand to make it malleable To create a piece of pottery Oracio first kneads the clay with his hands removing the grit rocks and air bubbles to make a better product He then starts to turn the pottery wheel with his foot Oracio keeps his hands wet so he can shape the clay with ease With plastic tools and cloths he shapes and smoothes the clay as it spins Customers can purchase his pottery from local markets or come to his shop directly As a client of MiCredito MEDA s microfinance partner in Nicaragua Oracio used his loan to improve the sanitation conditions of

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1534-oracio-a-potter-who-loves-the-process-nicaragua (2016-02-17)
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