Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

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MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For nearly 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable and replicable.

MEDA began as an association of Mennonite business people who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission.

MEDA has worked in over 70 countries and brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital. As an early leader in innovative finance, MEDA leverages public and private funding to advance social enterprises around the world that are positively impacting social, environmental and governance challenges in their communities. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
595 Parkside Drive, Suite 2
Waterloo, ON N2L 0C7


Phone: 1-800-665-7026

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237398678

CEO/President: Dr. Dorothy Nyambi

Chairman: Jenny Shantz

Board size: 18

Founder: group of generous Mennonites

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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

Vision: That all people may unleash their God-given potential to earn a livelihood, provide for families and enrich communities.

Mission statement

Mission: MEDA creates business solutions to poverty.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating881 of 1096121 of 142
Fund acquisition rating834 of 1098110 of 143
Resource allocation rating361 of 109856 of 143
Asset utilization rating1062 of 1096139 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,050,436$696,168$317,877$521,127$430,104
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,139,865$5,864,744$9,681,472$7,021,728$6,882,275
Long-term investments$17,757,178$22,450,736$18,654,128$20,062,434$17,539,100
Fixed assets$714,866$733,136$77,184$1,715$5,562
Other long-term assets$653,684$1,448,627$2,096,799$6,467,606$5,262,604
Total long-term assets$19,125,728$24,632,499$20,828,111$26,531,755$22,807,266
Total assets$26,265,593$30,497,243$30,509,583$33,553,483$29,689,541
Payables and accrued expenses$243,005$549,930$224,394$464,853$427,798
Other current liabilities$1,305,915$3,383,482$4,505,715$3,920,318$3,709,042
Total current liabilities$1,548,920$3,933,412$4,730,109$4,385,171$4,136,840
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$9,248,348$15,242,878$15,196,470$17,813,030$16,299,706
Total liabilities$10,797,268$19,176,290$19,926,579$22,198,201$20,436,546
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$15,468,325$11,320,953$10,583,004$11,355,282$9,252,995
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$15,468,325$11,320,953$10,583,004$11,355,282$9,252,995
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$13,104,520$7,317,578$7,967,659$13,385,620$7,519,096
Program service revenue$1,442,095$1,638,631$977,838$582,394$2,892,242
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$796$568$1,874$4,155$1,004
Other revenue$255,406$10,907$313,967$110,717$0
Total other revenue$1,698,297$1,650,106$1,293,679$697,266$2,893,246
Total revenue$14,802,817$8,967,684$9,261,338$14,082,886$10,412,342
Program services$9,416,255$7,293,660$9,087,415$11,074,821$8,325,198
Management and general$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$10,655,445$8,229,735$10,033,616$11,980,599$9,182,448
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$4,147,372$737,949($772,278)$2,102,287$1,229,894
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,147,372$737,949($772,278)$2,102,287$1,229,894


Claude ClodomirChief of Party, Haiti, MEDA$261,128
Dorothy NyambiPresident/CEO, MEDA$170,306
Michael WhiteChief Marketing & Development Officer, MEDA$132,013
Thomas McCormackCountry Director, Ethiopia, MEDA$129,969
Derek CameronSr. Vice President, Global Programs, MEDA$127,459
Millie GadboisCountry Director, Senegal, MEDA$120,791

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Investment as a Legacy since 1953
MEDA's story began in the aftermath of World War II. Over 35,000 Mennonites fled from East Germany and Russia, with about 5,000 settling in Paraguay. Initially, the recent newcomers struggled to make a living in their new South American home. Many were skilled craftspeople and farmers eager to set up their businesses but lacked the necessary financial resources.

At first, development assistance efforts in Paraguay mainly helped establish schools and hospitals. Yet, while this assistance was essential, it was only a temporary solution. The newly settled Mennonites needed capital to support business growth. Over time, Mennonite businesspeople in North America provided their fellow Mennonites with long-term financial assistance, which enabled them to build permanent settlements in Paraguay.

On December 10th, 1953, a group of generous Mennonites met at the old Atlantic Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. They decided to form an impact investment group and pooled their resources to send financial support to Paraguay. From this historic meeting, MEDA was formed.

Creating Business Solutions to Poverty
With the assistance of MEDA and their brothers and sisters in North America, the Paraguayans established businesses. They formed communities rooted in the ideals of peace, justice, and entrepreneurship.

Eventually, MEDA realized it could support people to lift themselves out of poverty by assisting small businesses worldwide. This new awareness inspired a new mission and vision - to create business solutions to poverty. Over time, the organization expanded its services and expertise to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Today, we continue our founders' work. MEDA views investment as a seed that can bloom into something greater. The seeds of prosperity that our founders planted decades earlier have continued to grow through the MEDA Risk Capital Fund and through the support that we've received from our generous private and institutional donors. These seeds have blossomed into millions of people in the Global South and beyond building successful enterprises, learning new skills, and growing higher quality and environmentally sustainable crops.

Program accomplishments

Our Global Impact FY2021:
200,854 individuals
7,765 businesses
52% women
106,088 decent work