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About MEDA Pakistan

For more than 50 years, the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) have been designing and implementing innovative and effective market-driven economic development programs that improve the livelihoods of millions of people living in poverty around the world.

Founded by a small group of service-oriented business people, MEDA has grown to become a large, dynamic international organization comprised of thousands of members and supporters across North America and Europe. MEDA believes its work is not done until it is proven to be sustainable, replicable, scalable and measurable.

We are a recognized leader for establishing best practices in financial services, investment fund development, market development and solving poverty by responding to each population’s unique needs. MEDA’s competitive edge is to solve issues of poverty through business solutions that integrate all three of our areas of strength.

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

We are Caring…

In Pakistan, MEDA has been working to improve the lives of Pakistani home-bound women since 2004, by successfully supporting their economic empowerment by helping them access higher value markets in different subsectors across the country. MEDA’s work in Pakistan was initiated through the award-winning project entitled, “Behind the Veil” in collaboration with Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI) to provide assistance to over 9,000 homebound embroiders.

We are Innovative…

In Pakistan marginalized people scarcely earn $2 a day. Our main objective is to help women sustain their families without depending on anyone or ongoing support from us. Majority of the females are involved in the dairy, seedlings and the business of embellished fabrics.  Our approach is to help these women increase their earnings by selling their products to different markets. We make this possible with support from our Key Facilitating Partners (KFPs); Kaarvan  Foundation, AHAN, Haleeb Foods Limited, Pak Social Welfare Society (PSWS) and Sarhad Rural Support Programme who endeavour to increase the personal dignity and self- reliance of these women.

We believe Work has Value…

Through training, we give them the vision that their work has worth! We attempt to do this by our unique value chain approach, which works with the entire market system: the firms that operate within an industry from input suppliers to end market buyers.