More jobs means less violence!
Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. We volunteer skills to entrepreneurs, especially women, in conflict-affected countries like Afghanistan, Rwanda, El Salvador and Guatemala.
In addition to creating jobs, we're also building new skills in a generation of entrepreneurs who have not grown up learning how to work together to move business forward. Our fast runner Gaby, the first we worked with in Guatemala, says it best in the video below.
This Indiegogo campaign will help us accelerate the pace of job-creation in these communities. For example:
"Bpeace is an impressive force for change"
Don't just take it from me, this is what Nicholas Kristof said about Bpeace in an editorial he wrote about what would happen to the women in Afghanistan after the U.S. troop withdrawal.
This ABC News story highlights some of our fast runners from their Fall 2014 trip to the US.
Many other media outlets have covered our work as well, and we work closely with the U.S. State Department, previously under Secretary Clinton and now with Secretary Kerry, both of whom have been strong supporters of Bpeace efforts.
Help Us Work with More "Fast Runners" and Be Part of Their Success!
Bpeace identifies entrepreneurs whom we call "Fast Runners" to be part of our programs. Fast Runners have been in business for at least a year, employ more than 10 people, demonstrate intuitive business sense and have a strong desire to aggressively grow their businesses. Most importantly, they share a vision that employment, and the economic empowerment of women, is the bridge to better education, less poverty, improved health and, ultimately, less violence.
Bpeace has a very small budget for a few staff members and to maintain the website and cover administrative costs. We count primarily on our volunteers.
The Vast Majority of Our Funds Go Directly to Programs Like These:
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The best thing about volunteering with Bpeace is seeing the impact. We'll share a special story of our fast runner with you that you can share with others. Share this with an amazing woman in your life (mom, wife, friend, niece, etc.), and you'll know you are making a difference!
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DOSTI, meaning "friendship" in Dari, is bringing independence and strength to Afghan women. By stitching 500 soccer balls, or 1-2 balls a day, an Afghan woman can earn enough income from DOSTI to support a family of six for a year. Two women, Taj and Aziza, run DOSTI and employ over 600 people, mainly women, including more than 60 people with disabilities.
Once again the Bpeace Gala will celebrate our work in our four countries and feature celebrity auctioneer Alan Kalter (from The Late Show With David Letterman!). In the past we've had live appearances by Bpeace Fast Runners, VIP guests, live entertainment, great, food, drink, auction items and festivities -- and never too many speeches! We expect this year to be the best gala yet!
Come spend the evening with us, May 7th at Capitale in New York City.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit network of business professionals. We volunteer skills to entrepreneurs, especially women, in conflict-affected countries like Afghanistan, Rwanda, El Salvador, and Guatemala, to help them create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women. Put simply, we believe more jobs mean less violence.
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On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members of Bpeace, and of all the women with whom we work, thank you for your support!!
--Liz Wald, current Bpeace Board Director; Volunteer since 2002