Why do we care about jobs? Because in some communities where violence is the status quo, jobs can help prevent the recurrence of violence. Jobs have a strong multiplier effect that sustains families and boosts local purchasing power, which in turn lifts other businesses, creates even more employment and accelerates the community up the path to prosperity and less violence.
Bpeace has operated in Afghanistan since 2004.
Nearly 2,766 Afghan family members are literally nourished by the jobs created by 18 Bpeace Fast Runners in Kabul, Mazar, Herat and Bamiyan.
Job growth in our current portfolio is 33% among businesses in technology, entertainment, manufacturing and for-profit education.
The issues in Guatemala are complex and include gang violence, child malnutrition, poverty and social exclusion.
95% of the 19 Fast Runners in our Guatemalan portfolio are women-owned or led businesses. 68% of the portfolio is concentrated in four industries: technology, food processing, and manufacturing.
We are very proud of Gabriela, the first Guatemalan entrepreneur we selected in 2013. Bpeace has helped her learn best practices from U.S. Host Companies that publish children's educational materials, and develop a plan to export beyond Guatemala into other Spanish-speaking countries. Gabriela’s pre-K education materials currently reach 40,000 children, and she is on a mission to reach all her country's rural areas, where most schools lack books.
Increasing jobs in El Salvador is the best deterrent to the spread of gang violence.
El Salvador is Bpeace's largest portfolio of Fast Runners, with 28 businesses. Among businesses who have been in the Bpeace program for more than a year, job growth is 24%.
71% of the Salvadoran Fast Runner businesses are women owned or led. 82% of the portfolio is focused on three industries: food processing, technology and manufacturing.
Claudia took over her family's financial-services call center when her father died. With introductions from American Express, Claudia visited U.S. call centers. She subsequently asked for Bpeace volunteer HR experts to help with new-employee training, and defining employee career paths to improve performance and retention. Since joining Bpeace as a Fast Runner in 2012, Claudia has grown her business from 118 employees to 162, a 42% increase.
Women who run Rwanda's first amusement park, ice cream store and funeral parlor are among the entrepreneurs to whom we've provided pro bono consulting since 2003.
Most recently we have been focused on building Rwanda's film economy with RwandaFilm.org in partnership with Inflatable Film and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The ripple effect will not only be more film economy jobs that provide livelihoods for Rwandans, but also exponential growth in the country's tourism industry. In 2015, we are transitioning this project to an in-country partner.
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