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Book & 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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The Eclectic World of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Mentorship

By kford | January 2, 2020

Who is a PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) mentor and what do they do? As a new employee at the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women in March 2013, that very question was heavy on my mind. Founder & CEO Terry Neese gave me a list of student names and businesses, wondering if I might find pairing…

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Chantal Nyirandama: Reaching for the Stars

By kford | December 5, 2019

Recently, 2016 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® grad Chantal Nyirandama earned 2-star status for her evolving business, Nice Garden Training Center, from the Rwanda Development Board. Chantal’s long-term goal is to become the best choice in Gicumbi for temporary lodging. She is well on her way!  As the wife of a priest and mother of four, Chantal…

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PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Graduates are Propelling the Rwandan Fashion Industry

By kford | November 6, 2019

Fashion is many things and performs various functions beyond allowing people to express themselves. It is art, it is history, it is empowerment. Fashion is business, economic development, and it is even technology. It’s a chance to share culture with the world and spread color and hope, and in Rwanda, that is certainly the case.…

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Hakima Zolfaghari is Innovating Agriculture in Afghanistan

By kford | October 4, 2018

Hakima Zolfaghari has loved the earth and all its creatures, big and small, since she was a little girl. This fascination combined with her knack for finding solutions led her to buck the system as a young woman in Afghanistan seeking her Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Science, a typically male-dominated field. Over the years, she…

Mentorship Spotlight: Nadine Kaligirwa and Laura Holt

By kford | August 2, 2018

These two women quickly discovered the many commonalities they shared. Although they grew up in very different backgrounds, and Nadine had to work so hard to get where she is today, they both noticed their similarities and common likenesses.

IEEW Spotlight into 2018

By kford | July 10, 2018

A new loan program, mini-courses in remotes provinces, and strengthened relationships define these past months. Fall of 2017 marked the beginning of a new training program in Afghanistan that IEEW has been working to launch for years. 54 women in Afghanistan’s more remote provinces (Mazar and Herat were pilot cities) were awarded certificates for completing…

Spotlight on Mentorship: Cathy Cruzan

By kford | June 4, 2018

This year, Cathy Cruzan was introduced to IEEW and eagerly volunteered to mentor a woman entrepreneur from another country.

Rita Zirimwabagabo Paying it Forward

By kford | May 1, 2018

Rita Zirimwabagabo, a 2011 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduate, was born with a servant’s heart. One of eight children, by age 10 Rita had learned the value of hard work when her father died and the siblings bound together to keep the family afloat. She now runs her own supplement business, serves on the board of…

Laila Samani, Class of 2018, Using Agriculture to Create Opportunity

By kford | April 30, 2018

Through business, Laila is determined to build an environment of empowerment for women and we have no doubt that the future of her story will continue to create influence across the region.

Man-tors and Mentors, It Takes Us All

By Terry Neese | May 25, 2017

DIVERSITY IN ACTION. PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) embraces our mission to empower women with every fiber of our collective being. And likewise we embrace diversity. So, lest our touting #womenempoweringwomen gave the impression otherwise, we thought it was high time to shine a light on an important part of our program across our 11 years of…

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