Our Blog: Skillanthropists and small business owners collaborate to lift communities in need
By Teresa Orth
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.
By Phil Vigeant
“We have a lot of employees from Latin American who appreciate that we do this. It’s a shared interest across the company.”
By Florence de Sola
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
By Florence de Sola
“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
By Toni Maloney
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.
By Justin Harlow
“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.”
By Marco Ambrosio
“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.”
By Walleska de Castillo
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.
By Sabrina Prince
"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.”
By Tim Teran
"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."
By Marla Gitterman
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
By Mark Fleming
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
By Julia Arnold
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
By Krista Gray
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