• We Are a Nonprofit Coalition of Skillanthropists

ABOUT BPEACE

In the emotional year following 9/11, a group of New York businesswomen gathered to ask what they could do to bring peace to historically violent communities like those that produced the 9/11 terrorists. They asked themselves WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?

IT TAKES JOBS

The path to prosperity and peace starts with jobs, which provide dignity and economic security, sustain families, and lift entire communities. More jobs mean less violence®.

Bpeace identifies proven and promising job creators, especially women, then surrounds them with high quality strategy, mentoring and skill-building to unleash their tremendous potential.

IT TAKES YOU

Are you willing to share your skills with a job creator who believes in women’s economic empowerment, either through remote mentoring or in-country visits? Then you have what it takes to help create jobs and make peace.

Become a Skillanthropist! Bpeace will match your skills, experience, and availability with a courageous job creator who is poised for growth.

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    MEET A TYPICAL BPEACE ENTREPRENEUR

    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.

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.

2018 Regions of Focus and Communities in Need

Lebanon

The large influx of Syrian refugees escaping violence has increased the workforce by approximately 50% resulting in unemployment rates reaching 20% among Lebanese and refugees alike. Economic and social tensions are high. With the Dutch NGO SPARK, Bpeace is mentoring 17 young female Syrian refugees who are attending college on scholarship. In a collaboration with Endeavor Lebanon, Bpeace Skillanthropists are advising a handful of established Lebanese businesses to accelerate innovation, growth and job creation.

Guatemala

Even as Guatemala begins to stabilize, violence and extortion by gangs is still a key issue. Gang-related violence is an important factor prompting people, including unaccompanied youth, to leave the country. Our portfolio of business our Skillanthropists advise is concentrated in the service industry, food processing, technology and manufacturing.

El Salvador

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 Shared Skills of Bpeace Volunteers
 create Sustainable Change

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Select Fast Runner Businesses

In our regions of focus, we identify business owners motivated to create jobs.
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Define Priority Needs for Growth

For each local business, Bpeace staff conducts a position analysis that includes a strategic framework and growth priorities.
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Match the Volunteer to the Challenge

We recruit volunteer experts with specific knowledge and skills, or U.S. Host Companies in targeted industries.
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Deliver Pro Bono Consulting and Mentoring

Volunteers engage with businesses as long-distance Virtual Mentors or as Traveling Mentors, and U.S. Host Companies share best practices.
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Generate Revenue and Job Growth

The intended outcome is more sustainable local businesses, generating increased community employment.
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Spark a Continual Multiplier Effect

Jobs boost family purchasing, which lifts other businesses, increases community prosperity and lessens violence.
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times says:

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times says:

Bpeace is one impressive force for change.

A HIGH ROI (RETURN ON YOUR INVOLVEMENT)

The Business Council for Peace has delivered:

in pro bono consulting by Bpeace Skillanthropists

long-distance Virtual Mentors

Traveling Mentors

U.S. Host Company visits


Creating sustainable impact:

local businesses strengthened

average job growth

average revenue growth

Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Afghan family members benefiting from jobs created


With current support from:

Thunderbird for Good

ANDE

3D Consulting (Afghanistan)

Agexport (Guatemala)

Technoserve (El Salvador)

Fusades (El Salvador)

Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador

Voces Vitales (El Salvador)

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