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Source: "Biking across Canada to support women" by Barry Bergen for the Canadian Mennonite

Two young Canadian women, Mary Fehr and Sarah French plan to spend the summer riding their bikes across the country to raise funds for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana. The two spent more than six months as MEDA interns, Fehr in Tanzania, and French in Nicaragua.

Source: "Face to Face: Mentoring an Emerging Fund Manager" by Melwin Dcosta in the summer 2015 issue of The ILPA News

In emerging economies, SMEs play a pivotal role in driving sustainable economic growth and employment. However, "access to capital" has been identified as one of these SME's key obstacles to growth. Venture capital and private equity funds in these economies that invest in local SMEs can play a critical role in bridging investible capital with opportunities in their market.

First-time fund managers face many challenges that prevent them from fully participating in the global sector, most problematic being able to overcome the stigma of being labeled a first time fund and convincing investors beyond home borders of the investment-worthiness of their funds. Funds without an established track record have a tough time making a strong case for international investors.

Source: Posted by author Pete Guest on Forbes.com. View original artical here.

Thunder is rolling over the horizon at the start of the rainy season in Suke, a small village in Ghana’s arid north.

Suke is remote, a two hour drive from Wa, the nearest major town. One major road closed for repairs creates a ninety minute diversion along dirt tracks that have collapsed into ditches, some of them barely passable by four-by-four or motorbike.

The village’s women gather in a semicircle in the shadow of a large tree to demonstrate their Talking Books—coloured plastic boxes with 10 buttons, all marked with basic symbols, which they hope could provide a lever to mitigate the fragility of their rural livelihoods and help them to achieve the social and economic empowerment that many women in the region lack.

Bluffton students at 2015 MEDA ConventionSource: "Students ponder poverty at conference" by Chay Reigle on the Bluffton University website

Nine Bluffton students explored business solutions to poverty at this year's Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) conference.

Peter MillerSource: "On the go: Champaign man has world view of business" by Don Dodson in The News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN — Peter Miller is only 29, but already he has had business dealings in Ukraine, Romania and Ethiopia and held two jobs in Jerusalem.

Vida scooping her soybeansSource: "Farmer Story #5 – Vida Baazaantaayele" by Jessica Kaisaris on the Farmerline website

Did you know that half of Ghana's female population is in agriculture?

Source: "Service, ethics is foundation of their businesses" by Rose Simone in The Record (In print: page 1, page 2 and page 3)

KITCHENER — If you serve your community and customers well, you won't need to worry about the competition.

Jeff Horst

GROW client Anna DebluSource: "Farmer Story #6 – Anna Deblu" by Jessica Kaisaris on the Farmerline website

In December 2014, Farmerline and MEDA visited Vida and 40 other female smallholder farmers in the Lambusie-Karni district of Ghana.

 

Source: "Picton's Sarah French will get wheels turning for women of Ghana" on countylive.ca

Sarah French with Ingemann in NicaraguaSarah French plans to get the wheels turning on a project to help "GROW" opportunities for rural women.

French spent seven months in Nicaragua as an intern last year to work with farmers on sustainable development projects and witnessed the toll of poverty on its citizens, especially women.

 

Source: "Fortified foods to save millions" in the Daily News

MORE than half a million children under the age of five have died in Tanzania in the past decade as a result of inadequate nutrition, but a new joint project with some Waterloo roots will increase access to one important micronutrient and potentially save lives.