MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world.

Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor.

We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty

Informed by our faith-based values, we creatively combine enlightened business practices and entrepreneurial thinking to provide roads out of poverty.

Our work is not done until it is proven to be sustainable, replicable, scalable and measurable.

The scope and effectiveness of our programs will surprise you.

We show respect for all and seek to create dignity for everyone touched by our work, at home and around the world.