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For three days we worked one-on-one with the Fast Runners on their Bpeace Forward Plans. In exhausting and exhilarating intimate two-hour dialogues, we helped them reach their aha moments on the steps they need to take to progress their business ideas. Peace comes at a cost for the Mazar Fast Runners. They are anticipating the day when business contracts funded by various western military and aid organizations will disappear and are already thinking of ways to transition their businesses with more customers from the “private sector.” Conversely, peace can’t come soon enough for the Kabul Fast Runners who cite security issues as the #1 barrier to them succeeding.

Both the women and men in our program told us how important their mothers were to their success—or hopes for the future. All had highly supportive mothers and in some cases fathers who wanted more for their children then they had available for themselves. A number of our Fast Runners are first in their families to be college educated and some of the women were the first in their families to work and are a role model for the other women in their families.

The Afghan hospitality is inspiring—it speaks to their culture and also speaks to the relationship we have with them. We spent time with Mobina and her husband and baby and also Ferishta, her husband and child. They both ask after Bpeacers by name. The new crop of Fast Runners actually envied jewelry manufacturer Khan Aga who entered our program 2010, six years after his wife first did. When he entered the room on the first day he got a hearty welcome from us all—a real lovefest. Actually, it was a wonderful unplanned non-verbal display of the relationship that they can have with Bpeace. It also showed our commitment to our Fast Runners.

For three days we worked one-on-one with the Fast Runners on their Bpeace Forward Plans. In exhausting and exhilarating intimate two-hour dialogues, we helped them reach their aha moments on the steps they need to take to progress their business ideas. Peace comes at a cost for the Mazar Fast Runners. They are anticipating the day when business contracts funded by various western military and aid organizations will disappear and are already thinking of ways to transition their businesses with more customers from the “private sector.” Conversely, peace can’t come soon enough for the Kabul Fast Runners who cite security issues as the #1 barrier to them succeeding.

Both the women and men in our program told us how important their mothers were to their success—or hopes for the future. All had highly supportive mothers and in some cases fathers who wanted more for their children then they had available for themselves. A number of our Fast Runners are first in their families to be college educated and some of the women were the first in their families to work and are a role model for the other women in their families.

The Afghan hospitality is inspiring—it speaks to their culture and also speaks to the relationship we have with them. We spent time with Mobina and her husband and baby and also Ferishta, her husband and child. They both ask after Bpeacers by name. The new crop of Fast Runners actually envied jewelry manufacturer Khan Aga who entered our program 2010, six years after his wife first did. When he entered the room on the first day he got a hearty welcome from us all—a real lovefest. Actually, it was a wonderful unplanned non-verbal display of the relationship that they can have with Bpeace. It also showed our commitment to our Fast Runners.

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