RAPID GROWTH AND RESILIENCE CHANGED 55,000 LIVES IN
CRISIS-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

Bpeace works to create jobs and accelerate business growth that uplifts communities and improves thousands of lives.

OUR PROVEN MODEL DELIVERS GROWTH AND SPARKS INNOVATION

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone that lifts families and communities worldwide.

Bpeace connects Fast Runners (small and medium-size businesses) with Skillanthropists (volunteer business experts) to foster and accelerate job creation and drive economic prosperity in communities where it is needed most.

For 20 years, in seven countries, we’ve worked with hundreds of business owners across political systems, cultures and sectors. We’ve seen that steady employment is the key factor in people’s health and economic well-being, as well as a path to community stability and peace.

More businesses than ever are turning to us for expert advice on growth, resilience, and securing the jobs of thousands of employees. In 2021, we paired 137 Fast Runner businesses with 400+ volunteer Skillanthropists in our portfolio.

137 Fast Runner businesses in Bpeace's portfolio in 2021

More jobs
mean
less violence®

A community of 400+ volunteer Skillanthropists

1,900 jobs created in 2021

Bpeace Volunteers set in motion ripple effects that change lives

We measure our impact by the number of jobs we help create which produces a powerful ripple effect: we support business owners, so they can support employees, who in turn can support their families, transforming entire communities.

Businesses in crisis-affected communities create jobs, providing alternatives to gangs, illegal migration and a lifetime of poverty.

WE HAVE A BIAS FOR WOMEN, AND WE ARE PROUD OF IT

When women have a secure income, they invest 90%* of their paychecks back into their family. As a result, the local economy improves.

In 2021:

  • 28 Women Forward Fast Runner businesses employed 2,400+ Salvadorans and generated $70+ million in revenue.
  • 60% of the small businesses we advised were women owned or led.
  • 50% of the jobs created in 2021 were held by women.
  • Fast Runners employed 6,261 women, representing 45% of their workforces—especially significant when compared to all of Latin America, where female employment stalled and has not recovered post-pandemic.
 

*When women work, they invest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared with 35 percent for men. By focusing on girls and women, innovative businesses and organizations can spur economic progress, expand markets, and improve health and education outcomes for everyone. Source: UN WOMEN

SETTING THE BAR HIGHER: MEASURING JOB QUALITY

Quality jobs are critical for security, health and inclusive economic growth. In low-income communities, millions of people are trapped in informal jobs, which often spurs immigration, poverty and violence.

 

Informal employment represents 68.5% of the total employed population in El Salvador, and 79% in Guatemala.

 

All Bpeace Fast Runners create formal employment, providing better-quality jobs than the majority of the region’s private sector.

 

In 2021, we went a step further and measured the quality of the formal jobs our Fast Runners provide, and the role Bpeace plays in fostering decent work conditions.

QUALITY JOBS = ABOVE-MARKET WAGES AND BENEFITS

of employees were paid above local minimum wage
0 %
of employees received additional benefits
0 %
of employees received professional training
0 %
of Fast Runners created new health & safety initiatives
0 %