Who among these middle market companies can best impact the violence here? We are day four of wall-to-wall meetings with some of the best minds and organizations in El Salvador and we continue to explore.
We are in El Salvador and learning big time in this — Bpeace’s first fact finding expedition!
In exhausting and exhilarating intimate dialogues, we helped the Fast Runners reach their ‘aha’ moments on the steps they need to take to progress their business ideas.
Mobina, a 2007 Fast Runner, invited us to the radio station she operates. With over half a million listeners, her station is one of the most successful in the region.
Bpeace is a witness to the business sophistication and worldliness that is emerging in Afghanistan. (Of course this doesn’t get much airtime anywhere.)
Mazar feels like an Afghan city at peace–-a beacon of hope for the rest of the country.
On our last day in Rwanda we reflected on the jobs and networking group created by Fast Runners and the Business Club formed by applicants to the Bpeace Race to Innovation.
Richard told the women who were in school for hospitality to remember the letters SWOT–know your Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
The demand for high quality good tasting tomatoes is growing at a rapid pace and Shema Farms, operated by Bpeace’s Race to Innovation finalist Sara, cannot keep up.
At 440 lbs, Guhondo is the heaviest gorilla ever weighed. We spent an hour with him in the jungle today after an early morning ride to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
One of the Business Club founders gave us a tour of the university and described how Bpeace was a key part of the support network that she and her peers access.
What a closing day it was on Friday. Fran’s presentation on personal finance was followed by the final ceremony at the Credo Hotel across the road from Sweet Dreams.
I met with Herve, a finalist in the Bpeace Race to Innovation, who is attending college in Butare, to talk about his vision for creating jobs for women.
You can never begin to understand the impact this training has had, and how well prepared we were because of Bpeace.
Posted on 21. May, 2010 by Bpeace.
Lively cultural bonding among the Sweet Dreams’ trainees and Bpeace takes the form of a morning song and dance party in our classroom at the National University of Rwanda.
We have been conducting training with this incredible group of potential Sweet Dreams ice cream employees, and they think like experienced businesswomen, not novices.
What we never really expected was that every single woman in our training here in Butare would bring so much joy to our training time together.
We heard about the disturbance in Kigali, but the world did not hear about a MILLION WOMEN MARCHING FOR GENDER EQUALITY.
It was smiling faces and waving hands that the Bpeace team encountered at the first training for the Sweet Dreams ice cream store.
Posted on 16. May, 2010 by Bpeace.
When 7 entrepreneurs weren’t selected as finalists for the Bpeace Race to Innovation they founded a Business Club instead of getting discouraged.
How can you fully understand a genocide that took a million lives in three months? It’s very hard for us to imagine that this country was the site of one of the worst killing fields.
On May 12, more than 200 guests celebrated Bpeace’s successful 2010 DanceGiving FUNraising campaign at the City Winery to raise much-needed capital.
Hervé Debarego chose to start a food delivery service in Kigali after witnessing three women dashing through the city, attempting to escape from the police.
This year’s Afghan Fast Runner Annual Meeting was held at the Afghan Women’s Business Federation (AWBF). The room was filled with cakes and cookies and smiles.
And through it all while we have learned so much about business, I think the greater lessons were about each other and our shared humanity.
Posted on 11. Apr, 2009 by Phyllis Rosen.
I spent time with salon owners Harriet and Jeanne, and we came up with a big change to benefit their customers: regular appointments with favorite stylists.
After running her manufacturing company out of a tent, Fatima and her 77 female carpenters will now be transitioning to a real building that Bpeace helped her purchase.
Posted on 08. Nov, 2008 by Stephen Kulovits.
“We need customer service!” Everywhere I go in Rwanda, that’s what I hear. All of our Fast Runners clamor for assistance in customer service training for their employees.
Posted on 17. Oct, 2008 by Michelle Cote.
Four Bpeace Fast Runners are food processors who will spend two weeks in Maine learning from entrepreneurial natural and organic food companies.
Bpeace Fast Runners Jeanne and Sylvie have a dream: The Beauty School of Rwanda, a first of its kind vocational school bringing a future to the youth of Rwanda.
As a cookbook author, public television host, chef and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich accepted Bpeace’s first-ever Economic Impact Award for her achievements.
Building a brand requires a marketing strategy. The Action Marketing Team, a pop-up group of marketers, transformed the face of our Rwandan Fast Runners’ businesses
Fifteen Afghan Fast Runners arrived in Dubai for the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip. They will be taking business classes and going on site visits.
Our first corporate sponsor is traveling with us! Regis Corporation, one of the U.S.’s largest operators of beauty salons and retail stores, is training Bpeace’s salon owners.
Our honored speakers at the 2007 Gala were two of our very own Bpeace colleagues: Palwasha and Richard. You can read their speeches below.
Posted on 16. Apr, 2007 by Toni Maloney.
Kamela, who now employs 12 people in her Business Development Service consultancy, trained 3,000 people throughout Afghanistan to start businesses in the last year.
Back in Rwanda by critical acclaim, Sabra held court at Richard’s office. She met with Associates to review finances and discuss how, as she says, “the numbers tell the story.”
Posted on 11. Dec, 2006 by Kate Buggeln.
Our mission: opening our Fast Runners’ new co-operative store called Rainbow Artisans; it’s the first all-female owned cooperative in Kabul.
Posted on 13. Jul, 2006 by Kate Buggeln.
Athena and Kate met with the Bpeace Fast Runners involved in the Rainbow Artisans cooperative. We worked with 12 Associates on their strategic and development plans.
Posted on 11. May, 2006 by Bpeace.
Most of the women have clear visions for where they want their businesses to be in the future. Now it’s our role to help them get there.
We started asking the Associates, “What’s new? What’s happened since we last caught up?” To hear all the progress in one sitting made the Bpeacers feel terrific.
This message of empowerment from two of Bpeace’s members, fitness gurus Jeff and Julie Castaldo, has a whole different meaning here in Afghanistan.
The goat stew and the savory “bananas” are excellent. There we bright sun and low humidity during the day and the flowers are blooming and the evening air is so lovely.
12 extraordinary entrepreneurs from Afghanistan are in New York for a three-week training program. The women attended classes at FIT and saw the city from above it all.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America arranged for the ladies to meet Behnaz Sarafpour at her design studio. For Palwasha, it is the highlight of the day.
Posted on 13. Feb, 2005 by Toni Maloney.
When our Afghan entrepreneurs had their first “aha” moment today, you could measure the ripple of happiness that went through the Kabul mission team.