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Involve your staff with a great Host Company experience

Nasim from Afghanistan works the pickle line at Brooklyn Brine.Nasim from Afghanistan works the pickle line at Brooklyn Brine.

Bpeace has worked with many Host Companies over the years including PwC, NBC Universal, Etsy, Bumble & bumble, Ritz-Carlton Hotels and 100 more. Here are their tips on how to create a satisfying experience for their staff and for the visiting entrepreneur and business owner. 

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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

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Of the four countries Bpeace works in today, Rwanda has the smallest Bpeace presence.  But that wasn't always the case.  In our early years, Rwanda was Bpeace's obsession, and over the past 12 years we have delivered some innovative services to female business owners in Kigali and Butare.

Today our activities in Rwanda involve key partnerships, not only because partnerships allow us to accomplish more than we could on our own, but because funding for Rwanda is hard to come by.

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Presenting the 2013 VERA winners

More than a merit badge, yet not as grand as a Nobel Peace Prize, Bpeace's Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards (VERAs) are our tribute to volunteers who significantly accelerated the growth of our Fast Runners or helped strengthen Bpeace

More than a merit badge, yet not as grand as a Nobel Peace Prize, Bpeace's Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards (VERAs) are our tribute to volunteers who significantly accelerated the growth of our Fast Runners or helped strengthen Bpeace.

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Sharing HR and Lean Manufacturing secrets with Sevialca, a Salvadoran Fast Runner

XX consultant Shankar Lakhvani (left) and Kimberly Smithson-Abel (right) help José María, owner of road signage firm Sevialca in El Salvador (center). Bpeace business volunteers Shankar Lakhavani (left) and Kimberly Smithson-Abel (right), with Bpeace Fast Runner José María, owner of the road maintenance and signage firm SevialcaTwo Bpeace volunteers, Kimberly Smithson-Abel, a business development and HR specialist from Texas, and Shankar Lakhavani, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and manufacturing specialist from Pennsylvania, spent a week in El Salvador advising Sevialca, a growing road maintenance and signage firm.  Boldly, they all agreed on a 5X Growth Plan for expanding the business and developing processes to run it smoothly and transparently.  Practical and inspiring:  

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Five Fast Runners "graduate" in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

From left, Haji, Nasrat, Balki (Bpeace staffer), Zabi, Azimi, Tahera, Zarghuna, and Gulbahar.From left, Haji, Nasrat, Balki (Bpeace staffer), Zabi, Azimi, Tahera, Zarghuna, and Gulbahar.

In September 2013, Bpeace "graduated" five Afghan Fast Runners from Mazar-i-Sharif (we also work with Fast Runners in Kabul and Herat).  Over three years, some Mazar Fast Runners have prospered and grown employment, others shifted career paths, all dealt with serious family and business issues and stayed engaged with Bpeace. 

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Pedal for Peace: What does it mean to you?

Mary Ciampa, Bpeace Board Director and Pedal for Peace Co-Chair (left), and Luis Enrique, Bepeace Fast Runner and Production Manager of Alimentos Lupita (right), cycling.

Cycling means something different for everyone. For me, pedaling on my bike means freedom. As soon as I mount my bike, clip my shoes into my pedals and start moving, I am free and alive. I bike across the land to wherever my bike will lead me. I am free to travel to wherever my [...]

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