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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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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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