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

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.

Corporate Partnership

Looking back on this year, I feel very grateful. Grateful for the Bpeace volunteers and donors who recognize the value of our work, grateful for my colleagues and committed staff in the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan, and gratef

Thought Leadership

It’s that time of year when we are deluged with worthy causes seeking our financial support. So how do we decide? As you assess your options for philanthropy this year, I suggest applying three criteria: 1) Personal Engagement; 2) Measurable Imp

Afghanistan

Jamshid Sultanzada, founder and CEO of PomTech ICT Solutions in Herat, Afghanistan, developed a love for technology at an early age. He credits a local computer class that taught typing, Windows and Word as “cha

Skillanthropists

Seizing an opportunity to share your skills, talents and knowledge with those who can benefit from them is a rewarding and precious experience. Yvette Franco, a Bpeace volunteer who traveled to Guatemala to meet with and mentor local entrepreneurs

Events

It was a truly Olympian-style celebration on May 5 at Capitale in downtown Manhattan as more than 250 dedicated Bpeace contenders rallied for the Champions of Peace Gala.

Skillanthropists

Volunteering within a busy schedule: It can be done

Guatemala

Country: Guatemala

Business: Manufacturas en Madera, a family-run company with two lines of business:

Events

In 2012, after learning about Bpeace from a friend, I joined as a volunteer. At this year’s Annual Meeting, Bpeace awarded its annual VERAs (Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards), and this got me thinking: