As a chef, Mariela Saravia (in white coat) had a dream to delight people with tasty food. After a few twists and turns in her career, she began producing artisan chips.
Mariela asked Bpeace to find her a volunteer expert to review her production processes and identify opportunities to achieve improvements in costs, quality, delivery and waste reduction. We matched her with Isabel Echeverria, a San Francisco-based Six Sigma Black Belt and Scrum Master.
Today, Mariela provides employment for 15 Guatemalans, mostly women. The multiplier effect of her branded sweet potato, taro, cassava, malanga and plantains chips extends to rural areas. Luachips is now a bridge between responsible farmers and Mariela’s customers seeking a delicious, natural and healthy gourmet snack.
In collaboration with Endeavor Lebanon, Bpeace is advising Lebanese businesses, providing tailored consulting to scale and accelerate innovation, growth and job creation. These entrepreneurs are transforming their communities, creating quality jobs in Lebanon, and inspiring future generations of founders. With Dutch NGO SPARK, Bpeace is mentoring nearly 20 young women, the majority of whom are Syrian refugees attending college on scholarship in Lebanon. The large influx of Syrian refugees escaping violence has increased the workforce in Lebanon by approximately 50%, resulting in unemployment rates reaching 20% among Lebanese and refugees alike.
Even as Guatemala begins to stabilize, violence and extortion by gangs are still key issues. Gang-related violence is an important factor prompting people, including unaccompanied youth, to leave the country. The portfolio of businesses our Skillanthropists advise is concentrated in the food processing, technology, manufacturing and services industries.
El Salvador remains one of the deadliest countries in the world outside war zones. Turf wars between gangs drive violence and perpetuate inequality and insecurity. In partnership with USAID, Bpeace Skillanthropists are advising significant job creators in the following sectors: technology, pharmaceuticals, medical, construction, and warehousing and logistics services.
The Business Council for Peace has delivered:
Creating sustainable impact:
Thunderbird for Good
3D Consulting (Afghanistan)
Technoserve (El Salvador)
Fusades (El Salvador)
Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador
Voces Vitales (El Salvador)