It is widely acknowledged that economically stable societies have a much greater capacity for peace. Small business has always been the backbone of economic stability; and the Institute believes that diversity is the key to the development and stability of business in emerging economies around the globe.
PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®:
PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® is an annual business training and mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The program is in its 15th year and is implemented through three major components — In-Country Education, Leadership Development, and Pay It Forward — which combine to create a continuing program to educate women, promote their business and leadership skills, build a strong public policy agenda in the women’s business community, and to help build stable democracies.
In-Country Education (Kabul, Afghanistan and Kigali, Rwanda)
Thirty women from each country participate in the classroom training that provides basic business education. All classes are taught by PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Alumnae who are certified in the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® curriculum. The classes focus on developing entrepreneurs, improving technical skills, and creating leaders with an emphasis in Accounting, Marketing, and Operations. By the end of the 10-week course, the students will have developed a business plan that will be used to guide their business and apply for business loans.
Leadership Development (United States)
To assist in creating an environment where women are empowered, a country must have well-trained leaders. Leadership Development provides a unique opportunity each year for women who demonstrate the ability and mindset to influence and train peers.
The top 15 students from each country are selected to travel to the U.S. for two weeks of additional training. Students attend lectures, coaching sessions, and hear from renowned speakers, business people and influencers at AT&T University in Las Colinas, Texas. An opportunity to create international connections and business relationships, the women also spend five days with a mentor, living and working with an experienced business owner in their field of work.
Paying it Forward
PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduates understand the importance of personal responsibility and have pledged to support their country by being the Change Agents needed to revolutionize their economy. Each of the graduates donates her time as a mentor to other women business owners, serves as a speaker at women’s organizations, and as an advocate on economic issues.