Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala

Places where more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence.

More Jobs Mean Less Violence®

Why do we care about jobs? Because in some communities where violence is the status quo, jobs can help prevent the recurrence of violence. Jobs have a strong multiplier effect that sustains families and boosts local purchasing power, which in turn lifts other businesses, creates even more employment and accelerates the community up the path to prosperity and less violence.



Bpeace has operated in Afghanistan since 2004.

Nearly 2,766 Afghan family members are literally nourished by the jobs created by 18 Bpeace Fast Runners in Kabul, Mazar, Herat and Bamiyan.

Job growth in our current portfolio is 33% among businesses in technology, entertainment, manufacturing and for-profit education.



Increasing jobs in El Salvador is the best deterrent to the spread of gang violence.

El Salvador is Bpeace's largest portfolio of Fast Runners, with 28 businesses. Among businesses who have been in the Bpeace program for more than a year, job growth is 24%.

71% of the Salvadoran Fast Runner businesses are women owned or led. 82% of the portfolio is focused on three industries: food processing, technology and manufacturing.

Zarghuna apprenticing at Host Company Bumble & bumble in New York.
Zarghuna began her Bpeace journey owning one beauty salon with nine employees. We helped her absorb best practices at U.S. beauty salons, provided strong management training by Bpeace staff in her hometown of Mazar and matched her with a New York fitness center for technical help. Today Zarghuna operates three salons and two fitness studios, and employs 60 Afghan women. These employees in turn support 360 family members. The services Zarghuna's businesses provide bring self-esteem to more than 4,000 Afghan women every year.
U.S. human resources expert David Montieth (right) visiting Claudia's business as a Bpeace Traveling Mentor.

Claudia took over her family's financial-services call center when her father died. With introductions from American Express, Claudia visited U.S. call centers. She subsequently asked for Bpeace volunteer HR experts to help with new-employee training, and defining employee career paths to improve performance and retention. Since joining Bpeace as a Fast Runner in 2012, Claudia has grown her business from 118 employees to 162, a 42% increase.



The issues in Guatemala are complex and include gang violence, child malnutrition, poverty and social exclusion.

95% of the 19 Fast Runners in our Guatemalan portfolio are women-owned or led businesses. 68% of the portfolio is concentrated in four industries: technology, food processing, and manufacturing.

Gabriela (right) with her Bpeace mentor Gita Patel, when she won at the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.

We are very proud of Gabriela, the first Guatemalan entrepreneur we selected in 2013. Bpeace has helped her learn best practices from U.S. Host Companies that publish children's educational materials, and develop a plan to export beyond Guatemala into other Spanish-speaking countries. Gabriela’s pre-K education materials currently reach 40,000 children, and she is on a mission to reach all her country's rural areas, where most schools lack books.