PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduate Venny Kamanda (L) at her shop in Kigali City, Rwanda where she has learned to maximize every corner of her limited space. A true entrepreneur, Venny creates beautiful experiences (R) for corporate and private clients at events and weddings around Rwanda.

September 13, 2016

The power of mentorship: American entrepreneur Sonu Ratra (L) visits event planner Venny Kamanda (R) at her shop in Kigali.

MENTORSHIP.  Venny Kamanda runs an event planning company in Kigali City, Rwanda. She has used her creative thinking and her designer’s eye to expand her business. When she came to the US for two weeks of Leadership Development this July, what she most looked forward to was shadowing her US mentor and taking in new ideas which she could translate to happier clients back in her native country of Rwanda. Well, we had the perfect match for Venny. We connected her to local Oklahoma City event magic makers Eventures to partner on a fundraiser we organized celebrating powerful Oklahoma women in honor of our 10th year of global impact. When we come together as women, it’s amazing what we can make by combining our efforts!  Read More about the mentorship experience thanks to a blog from Eventures.

  • A delegation of 28 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® students came to the US from Rwanda and Afghanistan for Leadership Development in July. Thrilled to be selected to join the delegation, entrepreneur Ernestine Uwamahoro hoped her experience would serve to grow her bakery business. Ernestine has kept in touch with one of her US mentors, Melinda Lockhart, beyond the limits of the program. During a recent Facebook messenger conversation Ernestine told Melinda how her PTB experience affected her business and her world view: “to come there opened our eyes.” That is because of YOU, the mentors, coaches, sponsors, donors and volunteers who fuel this program.  Follow Us on Facebook
  • We are empowering the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs. Our student application went live on September 12th. Spread the word to any enterprising women of all ages in Afghanistan & Rwanda. Visit the Student Page
  • This weekend I travel to Columbus, Ohio to reconnect with my roots. I am honored to return to speak to the women of NAWBO (National Women Business Owners) as a former Past President. (Pssst, ladies, sharing your knowledge is power. Pass it on.) Read More
Moving into Our Next Decade of Global Impact
Student applications are live. We are crackling with excitement knowing that we are about to bring more women into the fold of creative thinkers and world-shakers that comprise our circle of students, volunteers, mentors, sponsors, and alumnae. In our first decade, almost 600 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduates have employed more than 13,000 men and women in their home countries. None of this would have happened with your support, your time, your dollars, and your brain power.
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Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese