Our Blog: Skillanthropists and small business owners collaborate to lift communities in need

Thought Leadership

We analyzed data from 100 Fast Runner businesses in the Bpeace portfolio to assess the impact of our philanthropist / skillanthropist network on local communities and women-led businesses. The findings exceeded even our own expectations.

The Hackathon Crew
Skillanthropists

After three trips on behalf of Bpeace, Skillanthropist Justin Harlow still enjoys helping Fast Runners find innovative ways to solve their most sticky business problems.

Skillanthropists

“I believe that if everyone could have a job and purpose in life, violence and tensions would go down.”

Lebanon

 

In the midst of the one of the world’s worst refugee crisis, the Bpeace community is planting some of the first seeds of hope.   

Corporate Partnership

A commitment to personal improvement drives The Vitamin Shoppe brand. So, the maker of nutritional supplements said yes when Bpeace asked if they would share their knowledge with two Salvadoran entrepreneurs.

Corporate Partnership

“We have a lot of employees from Latin American who appreciate that we do this. It’s a shared interest across the company.”

El Salvador

SPEAK had been growing faster than they could accommodate. The founder believed he did not have the right organizational structure, and information was not flowing. “I did not have visibility within the business. It would have been impossible to

El Salvador

“As a small business owner, it is really hard to do everything. Bpeace taught me that I have to know what I’m good at and where I’m really needed, and not waste my time where I could delegate and create a new job. There was a lot of strategi

multiplier effect in challenged economies.
Thought Leadership

Today, 101 Bpeace Fast Runner businesses generate $81 million in revenue, producing a ripple effect in Afghan, Guatemalan and Salvadoran communities as employees spend their wages and buy local products and services.

Justin
Corporate Partnership

“We started the week with an innovation popup lab sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador with 100+ guests that included Salvadoran professionals from the worlds of business, government, academia and the arts.”

Corporate Partnership

“The more we learn about other cultures, the better off we are. We've helped a mindful entrepreneur grow. These opportunities don’t always arise in large companies, which is why the connections that Bpeace enables are so uniquely valuable.”

Walleska de Castillo
Guatemala

Walleska de Castillo turned a good Guatemalan business into a great one and credits Bpeace. By sharing secrets of her success with other Guatemalan entrepreneurs, she hopes to drive up employment.

Sabrina Prince on phone
Skillanthropists

"Afghanistan is very fragmented. Abdul’s market is limited because the infrastructure to cross into other regions doesn’t exist. Also, I learned women make the purchasing decisions and I needed I needed to get Abdul to appreciate that.”

Skillanthropists

"Carlos created a play area so that female workers could bring their kids to work. Another employer in Guatemala City created a dorm for workers from outside the city. That speaks to how much business owners want to grow by helping folks."

Skillanthropists

Telling friends and people I meet that I have family in Guatemala often prompts an inquisitive expression.

“You don’t look Guatemalan,” many say.