MICROFINANCE EVENT: MEDA Convention: Celebrating Entrepreneurship;  Nov 2-6, 2022;  Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

MICROFINANCE EVENT: MEDA Convention: Celebrating Entrepreneurship; Nov 2-6, 2022; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Aiming to foster entrepreneurial success, this event features plenary sessions such as: (1) Revolutionizing Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Bridging the Finance Gap for Women Entrepreneurs; and (2) Food security: addressing the risks in our global food systems and what this means for entrepreneurs. On November 5, the MEDAx Pitch Competition will offer prizes a total of $15,000. Other agenda items include: (1) Providing housing to older adults with low and middle incomes; (2) Towards the Opportunity – How to Elevate Women in Business; (3) the role of listening in effective leadership; (4) Bitcoin, Crypto and what is money anyway?; and (5) Sustainability: the integration of business and faith-based values.

Organizer background: Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is a Canadian-based nonprofit that aims to help families living in poverty in 70 developing countries through microfinance and other forms of investment. The history of MEDA goes back to 1953 when a group of Mennonite businessmen invested in a dairy farm in Paraguay. MEDA’s strategic plan focuses on six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: (1) No poverty; (2) zero hunger; (3) gender equality; (4) Decent work and economic growth; (5) climate action; and (6) partnerships for the goals. As of 2021, MEDA reported total assets of $22 million and reached approximately 1 million people.

Cost: The standard fee to attend all parts of the event is USD 649. Certain sessions are free and others have an à la carte price. Discounts for the full range of events are available to students, individuals under the age of 40, and anyone who registers before September 30.

For more information you can email me[at]meda.org or call +1 717 560 6546.

By Renata Samadova, Research Associate

Resources and Additional Resources

Description of the MEDA Convention
https://www.meda.org/meda-convention

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