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For Sora, snacks are a serious subject.  She doesn't just want to eat them, she wants to produce them.  Specifically, Sora wants to be the first potato chip manufacturer in Afghanistan.

Chips are a favorite snack among Afghans yet they only have access to ones imported from Pakistan that are often burnt and can only be purchased in large, open packages.  For Sora, who believes that Afghanistan has the best tasting potatoes in the world, this is an opportunity.  Sora has a secured some land in an industrial park and is working on the funding for her factory. Initially, she will employ 10 people but hopes to quickly grow that number to 100 and then expand to provinces across Afghanistan.

Local ingredients will be crucial for Sora when she is producing chips, which is why she spent time at North Fork Chips on Long Island--long known for miles of potato fields.  She held bundles of potatoes, smelled the oil and tasted lots of chips, all in the name of her business.  Sora saw first hand how North Fork Chips efficiently operates their business and learned about their approach to processing, packaging and distribution. Carol Sidor of North Fork Chips commented that, "Sora was was so excited, and it made us excited, too."

Sora not only excited Carol but she piqued the interest of the entire Bpeace Young Professionals Team during a potato chip taste-off hosted by Credit Suisse.  Sora and the rest of the Bpeace Fast Runners in the U.S. for the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART), and about 10 New York young professionals exchanged stories about their emerging careers. Most importantly though, pounds of chips were consumed and 10 different flavors of chips were tasted and evaluated by all.  The Afghans and the New Yorkers definitely had different points of views on their chip preferences.

Sora was surprised at how many different flavors of chips exist in the U.S.--they only have "plain" in Afghanistan.  She is already dreaming of what flavors to offer her future customers.

Sora also visited potato chip manufacturers in Pennsylvania.  In the coming months, Bpeace will be helping her create a logo and brand.

To share more about Sora's experience in the U.S. and her host companies, you can read this article about her in the Dans Paper: http://bit.ly/aNEkqh and this one in Newsday: http://bit.ly/9Memb2.

A special thanks to all of Sora's host companies:
Foster Farms
Herr's
Martin's Potato Chips
North Fork Potato Chips

BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For Sora, snacks are a serious subject.  She doesn't just want to eat them, she wants to produce them.  Specifically, Sora wants to be the first potato chip manufacturer in Afghanistan.

Chips are a favorite snack among Afghans yet they only have access to ones imported from Pakistan that are often burnt and can only be purchased in large, open packages.  For Sora, who believes that Afghanistan has the best tasting potatoes in the world, this is an opportunity.  Sora has a secured some land in an industrial park and is working on the funding for her factory. Initially, she will employ 10 people but hopes to quickly grow that number to 100 and then expand to provinces across Afghanistan.

Local ingredients will be crucial for Sora when she is producing chips, which is why she spent time at North Fork Chips on Long Island--long known for miles of potato fields.  She held bundles of potatoes, smelled the oil and tasted lots of chips, all in the name of her business.  Sora saw first hand how North Fork Chips efficiently operates their business and learned about their approach to processing, packaging and distribution. Carol Sidor of North Fork Chips commented that, "Sora was was so excited, and it made us excited, too."

Sora not only excited Carol but she piqued the interest of the entire Bpeace Young Professionals Team during a potato chip taste-off hosted by Credit Suisse.  Sora and the rest of the Bpeace Fast Runners in the U.S. for the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART), and about 10 New York young professionals exchanged stories about their emerging careers. Most importantly though, pounds of chips were consumed and 10 different flavors of chips were tasted and evaluated by all.  The Afghans and the New Yorkers definitely had different points of views on their chip preferences.

Sora was surprised at how many different flavors of chips exist in the U.S.--they only have "plain" in Afghanistan.  She is already dreaming of what flavors to offer her future customers.

Sora also visited potato chip manufacturers in Pennsylvania.  In the coming months, Bpeace will be helping her create a logo and brand.

To share more about Sora's experience in the U.S. and her host companies, you can read this article about her in the Dans Paper: http://bit.ly/aNEkqh and this one in Newsday: http://bit.ly/9Memb2.

A special thanks to all of Sora's host companies:
Foster Farms
Herr's
Martin's Potato Chips
North Fork Potato Chips

BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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