In Kabul, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® alumnae vote to elect their 2017 President and Board of Directors. Not content to stop their leadership development upon program completion, these world-changing entrepreneurs continue to make their voices heardand encourage their fellow Afghan women by paying it forward in their home communities.

September 27, 2016

PTB alumnae, waiting for the vote count for their new officers to come in.

OUR STUDENTS.  The PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Network of alumnae members gathered last week to let their voices be heard by voting in their annual Board of Directors election. Each year that Afghan women are afforded the right to vote and have the option to coalesce as a voice for women and the economy is a success. As difficult as it is for us in the United States to grasp, it was only when the Taliban were overthrown in 2001 that women have slowly regained their right to vote at all in Afghanistan. This year, 2016 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® grad Zahra Jafari won the race for President. Zahra runs a women’s sports and recreation center in Kabul. Her drive for opening the center, she said, sprung from the understanding that women who participate in sports are more likely to attend school and participate in society. It’s that desire to lift up other Afghan women that brought Zahra to the top of the race. She wants to pay forward the knowledge she has gained by sharing it with her alumnae sisters. As we rapidly approach our own election here in the US, it is a wonderful reminder to witness these women using their voices to effect real change. Kudos, Zahra! And all your fellow board members who are out there making a difference in their communities. You inspire! Follow Our News on Twitter

  • OKC, join us and our OKC Committee of engaged women on 10/12 from 5-7pm at Full Circle Bookstore. We will be sharing the inspiring words from some of our students’ journeys included in We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.Learn more on the Facebook Event Page.
  • We are currently accepting students for our 2017 class! Our first application from Rwanda came from a kids’ clothing line designer looking to expand her business enough to quit her full time job that currently provides her cash flow. Visit the Student Page and share it with the next generation of women entrepreneurs.
  • Our Afghan alumnae have requested we seek Dari-speaking mentors to round out our strong and growing stable of English-speaking mentors and e-mentors. If you are an entrepreneur who speaks Dari, or know someone who does that could benefit from enhancing our program, drop a line to Karel Ford.
Our Next Decade of Global Impact
Student applications for the 2017 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® progam are live, and we are beginning to hear from entrepreneurial leaders from Kigali and Kabul who want to join the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® circle of women. In our first decade, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduates have employed more than 13,000 men and women in their home countries. With your help, they will employ thousands more in the upcoming decade.
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Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese