MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Our Mission - As an association of Christians, faithful in daily work and committed to sharing abilities and resources, MEDA creates business solutions to poverty. Our Vision... that all people may experience God's love and unleash their potential to earn a livelihood, provide for families and enrich their communities.
Jan 23, 2014

You've shown Ethiopians the power of microfinance

An early morning meeting for VSLA members
An early morning meeting for VSLA members

As we welcome the new year, we wanted to thank you for your continued support of our EDGET (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) project. Because of you, we look forward with renewed hope to farmers and weavers discovering new ways to raise their incomes, improve their business and, most importantly, save for their families’ futures!

Stories from the field

Emma Harris, one of our interns in Ethiopia, recently visited some of our clients to see how their lives have been impacted by the project. Read her blog post, The Power of Microfinance, to discover the latest successes EDGET clients have experienced thanks to your gift…

  • Learn how women like Egowetet are using their membership in a rice cooperative to improve their families’ livelihood
  • Meet Belay, who is providing women rice farmers with access to tools to improve their product and storage facilities to maximize their profits
  • Understand how members of village savings and loans associations (VSLAs) work together to save and support each other to achieve their business dreams

Your gift is changing lives of not only Ethiopian entrepreneurs but also their families! On behalf of the 10,000 farmers and weavers like Egowetet and Belay, thank you. With your help, they are beginning to successfully participate in and boost Ethiopia’s economy.

If you’d like more information, visit our website – www.meda.org – or email us at meda@meda.org. To renew your support, just call us at 1-800-665-7026, or go to www.weavingrowth.com

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You’ve made a big difference in the lives of Ethiopian entrepreneurs wanting to create better livelihoods for their families and make positive change in their communities. We are so thankful to you for continued support in 2014 as, together, we continue to create business solutions to poverty around the world!

Egowetet outside of the women
Egowetet outside of the women's rice cooperative
Belay and his son
Belay and his son
Emma joins meeting of the VSLA, Addis Alem
Emma joins meeting of the VSLA, Addis Alem
Comparing the quality vs. non-quality rice grain
Comparing the quality vs. non-quality rice grain
Emma having fun with the local children
Emma having fun with the local children

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Dec 11, 2013

YOU are creating innovative solutions for farmers

Nydia switched to the plantain vitro plant
Nydia switched to the plantain vitro plant

Entering the holiday season, we all have many things to be thankful for – whether it be friends, family, good health, employment, or basic necessities. However, not everyone in our world is as blessed.

That’s why we want to say THANK YOU for making the Techno-Links (Technology Links for Improved Access and Incomes) project possible! You are changing lives of rural farmers and their families in Nicaragua and Peru by providing them with better access to farming supplies, enabling them to increase yields and gain new income opportunities. This new technology means farming businesses can grow and offer sustainable livelihoods for families.

We are excited to share with you the latest news about how your generous gift to Techno-Links is making a life-changing difference.  Sarah French, a MEDA intern currently working with Techno-Links in Nicaragua, Sarah French, recently reported on one of the many ways MEDA is assisting farmers in Nicaragua…

The Love for Food, Science, and Word of Mouth

I visited the International School of Livestock and Agriculture in Rivas (EIAG in Spanish) where MEDA has supported the lab at the university to combine different plantain seeds to create a vitro plant that won’t be affected by disease or insects. Vitro selection screens plants for certain characteristics. With plantains, it selects for tolerance to diseases, insects and soil adaptability.

In past years, plantain production has been low due to the spread of black weevil, which feeds on the leaves, and black sigatoka disease, which causes yield losses. I went into the lab and saw the whole process.

I interviewed 20 male and female farmers to see their progress with the technology. Farmers said the planting of the plantain (vitro plant) was the same as the plantain they used before. The only difference was they didn’t have to use any or few pesticides. They had more production and the leaves were bigger and healthier. One farmer had no experience in planting plantains and said it was quite easy with the help of EIAG technicians.

One of the most amazing things I found in talking to local farmers was their desire to help one another. Many farmers, like Norbin Abel, said he likes the innovation and helping farmers gain new knowledge. Junior, a technician who explains the vitro plants to farmers, said he was sharing with farmers how to enjoy more stable production. The common objective of farmers, technicians and the university was to help one another in their community.

The goal of MEDA and EIAG is to have efficient production and incorporate small producers into the national and international market.

Carl Sagan in Science as a Candle in the Dark (1997) stated, “Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history.”

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We hope Sarah’s report shows you one more way your generous gift is being put to good use for Techno-Links clients. Thank you once again for investing in their promising futures. You’ve made a difference in the lives of farmers striving to improve their businesses and better provide for their families. We are grateful to you for opening your heart to those in need and hope you feel great joy from the lives you have changed!

Sarah sees a plantain
Sarah sees a plantain's various stages in the lab
First time planting with the vitro plant plantain
First time planting with the vitro plant plantain
Farmers notice an larger improved plantain crop
Farmers notice an larger improved plantain crop

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Nov 4, 2013

Thanks to you, our work is having a major impact!

Women "early adopters" earning more than men
Women "early adopters" earning more than men

Thanks to you, MEDA’s EDGET project (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) is helping farmers and weavers raise their incomes, learn new production techniques, improve their products, find new markets and save for their futures! 

EDGET mid-point survey shows impact to date
Click on the PDF below, EDGET Project Update, to learn about the latest progress made thanks to your gift…

  • Meet Wondemu, the chairperson of the Ytebebegnoch Tebeb Weaving Cooperative in Addis Ababa. Read how he has taken the right steps to become known for his innovative designs and develop a weaving business focused on quality results for his buyers.
  • See some results to date, taken from our annual survey, on how your gift is making a difference
  • Learn how some women, who have been quick to adapt to the new technology, are now earning more than men
  • Discover what improvements are still to come in the next two years for farmers and weavers of the EDGET project

Isn’t it exciting to see the difference you are making in the lives of budding Ethiopian entrepreneurs? We truly appreciate your continued support of the EDGET project (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade). Through your generosity, 10,000 farmers and weavers like Wondemu can successfully participate in Ethiopia’s economy. 

If you’d like more information, visit our website www.meda.org or email meda@meda.org. To renew your support, you can donate by giving us a call at 1-800-665-7026, or go to www.weavingrowth.com

Stay informed about MEDA’s work. Follow us on:

You’ve made a huge impact in the lives of Ethiopian entrepreneurs wanting to create a stronger future for their families and those in their communities. We are so thankful to you for choosing to support MEDA as we work to unleash entrepreneurship around the world!

An EDGET weaver proudly displays his workspace
An EDGET weaver proudly displays his workspace

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