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The Afghan Adjustment Act

By Anna Rohwer | May 10, 2022

Congress will soon vote on the passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act. The majority of Afghans evacuated to the US following our military withdrawal have only been granted temporary protection via humanitarian parole, which is due to expire this summer or next. Though they have the legal right to temporarily live and work in the…

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Afghan Women and the Battle for Their Rights

By Guest | April 14, 2022

Over the past two decades, Afghan women made significant progress in expanding their rights and gaining access to educational and economic opportunities in Afghanistan. In 2001, Afghanistan had an estimated 1 million students enrolled in school, most of whom were male. In 2020, less than 20 years later, there were more than 9.5 million Afghan…

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Left Behind but Not Forgotten

By Guest | April 13, 2022

Samman was one of two Afghan women who recently graduated from our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program in Rwanda, where she is now living as a refugee. We feel so honored that she was part of our class and invited her to share some thoughts on her experience.  Hi everyone! I am Samman Akbarzada, an author from…

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A Message from Our Board Chair

By Guest | December 21, 2021

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Kigali, Rwanda to meet with PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® (PTB) graduates. I have been serving with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) for the past three years, and this was my first time getting to see their work firsthand.  While in Kigali, I visited…

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The Urgency of Protecting Afghan Women Entrepreneurs’ Gains

By Guest | September 9, 2021

The number of Afghan women who own and run businesses grew from zero in 2002 to around 57,000 in 2020, including both licensed and unlicensed businesses. This was remarkable progress in less than two decades. I witnessed firsthand the growth of women in business and know stories of thousands of women from Kabul and other…

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Securing the “Right Seat” for Rwanda’s Workforce

By kford | January 6, 2021

“I lived a happy childhood, where I felt the warmth of my family until April 7th, 1994.”  Broken into pieces after losing her mother and three siblings, Celine Uwineza found herself battling inner emotions yet determined, now more than ever, to overcome her grief and unleash her desire for a brighter future. Some would say…

The Battle Against Hunger

By Guest | October 31, 2020

Since the genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, Rwanda has fought a battle against its children’s stunting problem. With the country’s population consisting mostly of youth, Rwanda has been pressing efforts to create sustainable resources to transform communities through health andeconomic empowerment. Inspirational women such as Fortunee Uwimana experienced firsthand the loss of not just…

Weaving Success Through Diversity & Obstacles

By Guest | October 30, 2020

Anyone who has ever seen beautiful, handwoven carpets must admit that it takes time and skill, and most importantly, patience for the process. For Zargol Alami, it is a way to put her dedication and abilities to good use toward her wish of expanding the unique handcrafts of Kunduz women throughout the world. Some might…


By kford | October 15, 2020

M&U Ninda Ltd: Green Energy for All, is a energy product retailer and wholesaler, importing and selling energy saving lighting to engineers and contractors, as well as individual middle-class households in Rwanda. Clarisse is betting on the future needs for energy savings and the desire to offset rising electricity prices. In fact, the Rwandan government is announcing…


By kford | October 1, 2020

Nimroz, Afghanistan, is perhaps the most raw and untamed province, a desert oasis in the southwestern corner nudged between the borders of Iran and Pakistan where sandstorms and smugglers menace the city regularly. As a drug-smuggling hub, Nimroz provides a financial artery for the Taliban. Here, Hasina Azizi Baluch, a Zaranj City business operator, is…

EW's Monica Smiley announces PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Class of 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year awards for Afghanistan and Rwanda.

Nadege Benimana & Guljan Samar Receive the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

By kford | August 6, 2020

 BY MONICA SMILEY The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards program is considered the most prestigious global recognition program for outstanding women entrepreneurs.  Now in its 18th year, this program recognizes women business owners from the United States and around the world who have financially strong, growing businesses—women who are leaders in their communities, and…

From ‘Mind is full’ to Mindful

By kford | July 2, 2020

There has been a lot of talk on social media about gaining weight and the lazy habits created during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is feeling the effects of sheltering in place over the past several months whether it be commercial, personal, or a combination of both. In Afghanistan, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® alumnae and Class…

Brave Faces In Afghanistan

By kford | May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic saw waves of Afghan men crossing the border from Iran to get back into their home country, a country they once fled. They were terrified of contracting the virus and in trying to escape it, they unknowingly brought it across the border to a country with very little resources to contain and combat it. As…


By kford | May 7, 2020

Rwanda is now slowly easing up on shelter-in-place restrictions and the country is fortunate enough to have no deaths. During quarantine, many of our past students found creative ways to continue serving their community. Kevine Kagirimpunda and Ysolde Shimwe, both class of 2014 alum and owners of UZURI K&Y, made sure that their brand stayed fresh in the…

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