Archive for 'Bpeace Blog'
Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by Kate Buggeln.
Roslyn Jaffe wanted to change the way women shopped. In an effort to make fashion affordable, she opened the first dressbarn store in Stamford, Connecticut. Bpeace honors dressbarn founder Roslyn Jaffe with the Bpeace Pioneer Gamechanger Award. dressbarn was Bpeace's first Host Company.
Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by Marla Gitterman.
When Bpeace was ready to enter Afghanistan in 2004, we needed money. Our friends and partners at that time – Women for Afghan Women – pointed us to a grant opportunity at the U.S. State Department.
Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by Toni Maloney.
We needed more than a map to find Rwanda and Afghanistan in our early days. UN Women was Bpeace's Lewis & Clark and Christopher Columbus. We are proud to present UN Women with the Bpeace Pioneer Gamechanger Award.
Posted on 07. Mar, 2013 by Ashley Harden.
Afghanistan is everywhere you look – and not in the way you would expect. From Carnegie Hall and The Daily Show to the Oscars and the Grammy’s, Afghan artists and opinion-leaders are suddenly high profile. The Afghans and Afghan Americans amongst the Bpeace membership offer their insights on why they believe their country is on a roll.
Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 by Ashley Harden.
“Salvadorans need permanent jobs and I want to create them,” said business owner Claudia Barriere to Bpeace Young Professionals at an event at Sutherland law firm in New York City. Claudia believes with secure employment people can begin to develop their lives and reduce gang violence in El Salvador.
Posted on 12. Feb, 2013 by Rena Fried.
"I have been successful through continuing to improve my own knowledge and my team’s managerial capacity," said Bpeace Fast Runner Reshad
Posted on 02. Jan, 2013 by Rena Fried.
Claudia B.M. – Santa Tecla, Food Processing. 80 employees. Claudia is at the helm of a family-owned business that produces packaged spices and ethnic/fruit drink powders. Bpeace volunteers and Traveling Mentors have helped Claudia restructure bank loans, develop new products, improve her packaging, and introduced her to U.S. importers. _________________________________________________________________ Claudia M.P. – Santa Tecla, [...]
Posted on 20. Dec, 2012 by Eileen Guo.
In 2012, Bpeace expanded its Fast Runner program into Bamiyan. Separately, Bpeace member Eileen Guo was in Bamiyan to scout start-ups for her own film project. What she found was beauty and established businesses we had just accepted into Bpaece.
Posted on 15. Nov, 2012 by Mary Stycos.
Salvadorians are the nicest people: I was convinced of it after spending a week with the Carymar family in El Salvador as a Bpeace Traveling Mentor. Visiting in person allowed me to identify three areas for Carymar to focus on to increase their sales.
Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by Russell Morley.
Alcides and his family warmly welcomed me to El Salvador and into their business--Helados Cremosa, an ice cream and popsicle manufacturing company.
Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 by Ashley Harden and Ann-Elise Francis.
We took time off this past August from our jobs at the Council on Foreign Relations to embark on an exploratory research project for Bpeace to investigate the budding film industry in Rwanda.
Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by Toni Maloney.
Among the entrepreneurs who have participated in the Bpeace program for more than one year, the average job growth is 39% and the average revenue growth is 34%!
Posted on 14. Aug, 2012 by Toni Maloney.
Ashley Harden and Ann-Elise Francis are interviewing Rwanda filmmakers to determine whether Bpeace's brand of business skills coaching can help accelerate the growth of the industry.
Posted on 16. Jul, 2012 by Marla Gitterman.
Bpeace Advocates are a rare breed. Part skill-based volunteer and part business coach, they offer specific and often technical advisory remotely through email and Skype. Advocates bring knowledge and generosity to help a Bpeace Afghan Fast Runner grow a business in a very difficult environment.
Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by Rena Fried.
More than 100 Bpeace Young Professionals and a few over-40 rock stars convened to celebrate the partnership of Bpeace, Blue Marble and the forthcoming documentary, Sweet Dreams
Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by Rena Fried.
In April 2012, 11 Bpeace Afghan Fast Runners apprenticed on the job at 33 Host Companies in 12 states for the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART).
Posted on 15. May, 2012 by Toni Maloney.
Since 2004, Bpeacers have logged 1.8 million miles traveling to Afghanistan, Rwanda and El Salvador and have spent 1,321 days in the field on Bpeace expeditions! In the first half of 2012, already 5 Traveling Mentors have flown 25,000 miles to El Salvador.
Posted on 01. Apr, 2012 by Bpeace.
Tim Worthington, plastics manufacturing and engineering specialist, has set foot in over 1,000 mold shops throughout his career but described his experience with Salvadoran plastic mold company Acoopimold as “unique and unparalleled.”
Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by Rangina Hamidi.
I met Paula Lerner during a Bpeace expedition to Kabul in 2007 where we just simply “clicked” the minute we met. Her genuine interest in the work and lives of Afghan women was immediately visible with her beautiful photographs.
Posted on 08. Dec, 2011 by Toni Maloney.
Once a year, Bpeace hosts a reunion for all of the past and present Fast Runners in Kabul. Country Director, Soraya Omar, held the annual gathering for 21 business owners from the class of 2004, 2007, and the most recent class that started in 2010. For the first time there were two male Fast Runners among them.
Posted on 04. Dec, 2011 by Rena Fried.
Thirty-seven Host Companies opened their doors to 9 Afghan Bpeace Fast Runners for the 2011 Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART), sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of State.
Posted on 02. Sep, 2011 by Rena Fried.
Jerrie describes Inzozi Nziza Ice Cream as an oasis in Butare. “Both the staff and the store’s appearance are welcoming and it is clear that they have worked hard on customer service. It is simply an inviting place to walk into; there is no other place with the same atmosphere in Butare and it is a very positive change.”
Posted on 03. Jun, 2011 by Rena Fried.
A meeting of the minds at Dubai Women's College with Bpeace members from the U.S. spending the week with 16 Afghan Fast Runners.
Posted on 15. Apr, 2011 by Laura Mathews.
The garden center manager held the garden center owner’s face in her hands. A perfect fit for a garden center owner, the woman’s name is Soline. “Soline, does that mean sunshine?” Both women laughed. “Well, Soline means sunshine to me,” said the garden center manager. No, they weren’t celebrating a particularly good sales day. They [...]
Posted on 03. Mar, 2011 by Bpeace.
Bpeace is raising money through our unique "One Million Jobs Campaign." Fundraisers commit to raising $1,000 and creating one job. Everyone who meets the $1,000 goal by May 1 celebrates with us for a night of music, mingling, great food and cocktails!
Posted on 28. Feb, 2011 by Bpeace.
The red carpet was the hallway at the global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. The fashion statements were more sassy than flashy. The opening video took the night’s first award. The special celebrity guests included a glowing team of Bpeace’s Fast Runners from Afghanistan led by our country director Soraya Omar. Oscar can’t compete with [...]
Posted on 26. Nov, 2010 by Toni Maloney.
Dosti balls are made with top-quality synthetic leather, providing superior bounce and shape; they are attractively silk-screened with a dove bird design in the colors of the Afghan flag. Every purchase of a DOSTI soccer ball creates empowerment through employment for the Afghan women who hand-stitch them.
Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 by Rena Fried.
Chips are a favorite snack among Afghans yet they only have access to ones imported from Pakistan that are often burnt and can only be purchased in large, open packages. For Sora, who believes that Afghanistan has the best tasting potatoes in the world, this is an opportunity.
Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by Toni Maloney.
Khalid says his ice cream parlor offers one flavor--"plain." It's really cardamom with rosewater--a flavor so exquisite, that when he demonstrated it to a host company they immediately wanted to add the flavor to their menu.
Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by Rena Fried.
In her extended family, Tahera was the first woman to take a job outside of the home. Today, 20 of her female relatives have followed her example and she is the manager of the Balkh Business Development Company.
Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 by Rena Fried.
Zabi's family construction company, JAC, focuses on schools and clinics because he understands that rebuilding the physical structures in Afghanistan is essential to rebuilding the country and sustaining peace.
Posted on 01. Nov, 2010 by Donna Fleetwood.
Project Artemis and Bpeace work hand in hand with women in Afghanistan who show potential as business builders. Four Bpeace member/volunteers were on hand last week to see our Fast Runners learn and grow.
Posted on 21. Oct, 2010 by Bpeace.
For the Fast Runners, Tuesday was their first day in NYC started with morning orientation at Fenton Communications. Then sandwiches (“Why do Americans like cold food?) and off on a double decker bus to tour Manhattan. There are 6 young men in this group, four women, plus Fahim our Entrepreneurial Advisor in Mazar, and Soraya [...]