Micro Enterprise Development started

The vision of IID was to make the poor self-supported, giving training and creating jobs. To show ways to achieve the goal of creating jobs and enabling income generation to the poor, Jochen and Johshy Tewes were invited in 1995 to an MED conference in Malaysia by their friend and mentor, Mr. Karl Schock. It was conducted by “Opportunity International”, a global organisation, and the conference had the immediate effect of IID starting to give micro loans to the poor in 1996. It developed into a separate branch of IID called IMED, which grew rapidly.