Our Stories

An Intern’s Story

By kford | April 1, 2020

Hello to all! Some of you may recognize me, Sonja Sparks, from last year’s Leadership Development program and most of you have almost definitely corresponded with me in some way over the past year. When IEEW’s Director of Operations, Karel Ford, contacted in me January of 2019 about the possibility of an internship, I was completely thrilled. You see, a…

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IEEW Board: Global Connectors in the USA

By kford | March 5, 2020

As they say, it takes a village. At IEEW, our village begins with our invaluable leadership team, the Board of Directors. These women help make empowering women entrepreneurs a lot more accessible. Their dedication to the mission of educating women business owners and their individual testimonies about their experiences with PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® alumnae inspire…

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Zahra is Erasing a Stigma in Afghanistan

By kford | March 4, 2020

Zahra Qasemi has a personal story that is sadly not too uncommon, but she has used her past to fuel her passion for progress as an empowered business owner. Zahra was raised in Iran as a refugee, which made it extremely difficult for her to continue her education. She was married at the age of…

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Books & Brains and Little Smiles

By kford | February 13, 2020

Branding is a key step to any new business. Sometimes a brand becomes part of our everyday vocabulary, such as googled, or Kleenex, and even bubble wrap. And some names become synonymous with an action; hoola-hoop, trampoline, and jet ski. So it is exciting to see some of the clever branding being used by students…

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Staying Rooted and Giving Back, Faheema Commits to her Home Country

By kford | January 30, 2020

What makes impact sustainable? Donor dollars should set the ball in motion for organic change within a community, not act as a source of reliance. One woman impacting many – that is the philosophy of creating peace through business. And that is why the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program is so important. One graduate from the…

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IEEW Intern Sonja Sparks Shares About Afghan Fashion

By kford | November 6, 2019

This past July I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time away and spend it with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® class of 2019 at their Leadership Development held at the AT&T University campus in Irving, Texas. Those days spent with the women who all have such incredible stories will forever hold a…

Tribute to T. Boone Pickens

By kford | October 4, 2019

“For most of my adult life, I’ve believed that I was put on Earth to make money and be generous with it.” – T. Boone Pickens. Generous Indeed. IEEW remembers Mr. Pickens to be that and so much more. In 2007, IEEW and the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program was honored to have the T. Boone…

Alumnae Making an Impact: Kubra Jafari

By kford | October 4, 2019

When Kubra came to PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® in 2014, she was already successfully creating media stories that highlighted the positives of her native Afghanistan through the work of own media production company. Kubra has since found another way to bring positivity to her country by creating a new company that will help spread one of…

Around the Class of 2019: Barbara Umuhoza

By kford | October 4, 2019

Barbara’s vision for her company, Eclat Communications, is “To become an international leading communication company by 2030 by creatively providing content and business support that will socially and economically transform lives.” She formed the business as a way for people to create and maintain meaningful relationships with each other. Barbara serves to influence the globe,…

Poupoune Makes her Mark in the African Film Industry

By kford | June 28, 2019

Story teller, visionary, and ultimate business woman are but a few phrases used to characterize Poupoune Sesonga, the ambitious leader aiming to bridge the gap between dreamers and doers in her native country of Rwanda. Poupoune has dedicated her career to all forms of mass media, specifically filmmaking, and accessing tools that allow Rwandan creators…

IEEW Continues to Diversify Through Leadership

By kford | June 6, 2019

New additions to the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s Board of Directors and International Advisory Council offer more dynamic support for global women’s empowerment. IEEW is proud to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors, Dao Jensen of San Francisco, California, and Cathy Cruzan of Edmond, Oklahoma. Dao Jensen has been in…

Paying It Forward Profiles: Bibi Yalda Seddiqi

By IEEW Intern | March 6, 2019

Bibi Yalda says she is thankful to everyone involved in the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program for giving Afghan women the opportunity to gain the knowledge so they might turn their ideas into action. We are so proud of Bibi and her go get ‘em spirit!

Brewing Up Success In Rwanda

By IEEW Intern | March 5, 2019

Brewing Up Success In Rwanda 2019 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® student, Agnes Mukamushinja, wants the world to know exactly how important the Rwandan coffee trade is, not only to the country but to its women as well. As a child, Agnes beamed with pride when she had the chance to tag along with her father, an…

Paying It Forward Profiles: Zainab Mohseni

By IEEW Intern | February 1, 2019

NSES was Zainab’s first business adventure and she wished to improve her management leadership skills, leading her to seek out the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program in Kabul.

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