Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Unverified non-profit organisation

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is an association of business women and men who invest in the lives of families living in poverty around the world.

MEDA offers affordable credit, together with marketing and business training, to low income entrepreneurs. MEDA’s target group are the poorest of the economically active in the developing world. These are people who, because they are poor, cannot obtain loans from local banks to start or grow businesses. Each year MEDA creates or sustains about 10,000 jobs around the world.

Through MEDA, faith-oriented business owners, executives and leaders are able to integrate their life values with business in practical ways to help the poor. They are committed to using their faith and abilities in their businesses, communities, and around the world.

Most of the world’s poor are working hard, but barely getting by. Our bottom line is to help men and women sustain their families without emergency or ongoing support from us. We build our programs to increase personal dignity and self-sufficiency.

Through training, loans and mentorship, entrepreneurs both in North America and around the world can earn a livelihood, provide for their families and enrich their communities.

MEDA works with local or national governments, foundations, businesses; we believe that healthy partnerships provide infrastructure and long-term solutions. Organizations like the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) support MEDA through fund-matching programs.


About this organisation

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: Canada

Global issues

Job creation and enterprise development; Financial accessibility and management