Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)


An international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite entrepreneurs, they partner with people living in poverty to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world. Working alongside partners and clients, MEDA is funded by both private and institutional donors, to help:

  • Alleviate poverty
  • Support sustainable business growth and livelihoods
  • Women move into more valued and equitable roles in their economies
  • Businesses and small entrepreneurs gain access to financial services including investment, adopt clean technologies/climate-smart approaches, and minimize their environmental footprint
  • Improve local economies

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