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Preserving Hope in Afghanistan

By kford | April 1, 2021

Born in a country that has endured a combination of armed conflict, widespread poverty, and social injustice, 2015 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduate Masooma Sadat Hashim sought to bring light to the severely crippled education healthcare system for the youth of Afghanistan.  Masooma used her creativity and determination to push past social barriers in her hometown,…

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Road Map to Success

By kford | April 1, 2021

Business plans are like road maps; it’s possible to travel without one, but it will only increase the chances of getting lost along the way. Instead of placing yourself in a situation where you may have to stop and ask for directions or start over, entrepreneurs often use models such as a business plan, to…

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When Women Lead

By kford | March 2, 2021

All-day, every day, around the world, a more gender-balanced world is being forged. For centuries people around the world have been marking March 8th as a special day for women. At the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, we understand the importance of dedicating this special celebration to Afghanistan and Rwanda’s hard working women. This…

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Power of the Pack

By kford | March 2, 2021

Traditionally, society has taught us the cliche saying “survival of the fittest,” in other words, you won’t make it in this world without competition. The truth is, working with one another and building up each other’s power, enough to challenge it, is truly the only way society will change and evolve.  At the Institute for…

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From One Woman’s Success to the Next

By kford | February 3, 2021

When a seasoned, more experienced member of an organization takes on guiding someone under “their wing,” they open doors for a new entrepreneur. Through a relationship built on trust, communication, and respect, the mentoring relationship guides the mentee through the ropes of organizational socialization. At the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, we offer virtual…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

EY Brings Skills-Based Contributions to IEEW

By kford | November 6, 2019

EY is creating ripples of impact around the world. One way that they are doing this is by eMentoring PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® women entrepreneurs as they develop their business plans during their 10 weeks of in-country classes. In 2019, EY broadcasted this mentorship opportunity to its employees all around the globe through its corporate responsibility…

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…

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