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Review for Business Council For Peace, Inc. (Bpeace), Southampton, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After a career in Municipal Finance, I decided to stay home when my children were born. But I had a lot of energy, and, I felt, skills that could be helpful in "problem-solving". Thus began a commitment to various non-profit organizations. After 15 years in many volunteer roles, a friend encouraged me to investigate volunteer opportunities with Bpeace. Her reasoning was, "You have done so much for organizations here at home, now it's time for you to expand, go global!" She brought me to a Bpeace meeting in March,2005. Several Bpeace volunteers had just returned from a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan. One of the women was a photographer who showed slides that captured life in newly-liberated Kabul. The smiles of hope on the Afghan men, women and children captured me. Bpeace was supporting women who created beautiful handcrafts. These women employed other women and the network of family members who relied on their incomes was expansive. Sometimes these women sat around a small living room,working under kerosene lamps and ironing their finished pieces with old-fashioned irons heated with a bunsen burner. In 2006, some of these "Bpeace Associates" came to the US to attend workshops at the Fashion Institute in New York. Meeting these remarkable women, many who had educated themselves in the refugee camps of Pakistan, convinced me that I wanted to commit myself to Bpeace's mission of helping the women of Afghanistan - and Rwanda where there are similar groups of strong women entrepreneurs. The assistance that Bpeace provides is direct and effectively impacts the business development of Bpeace Associates. In 2007, Bpeace expanded their group of enterepreneurs beyond handcrafts to such enterprises as food processing, commercial printing and soccer ball manufacturing. In 2009, the net grew to include men. I am proud to be a small part of such an intelligent, talented group of business women and men who know how to help these entrepreneurs and who are commited to their success.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support more entrepreneurs who are important pieces of the "Peace Puzzle". As Bpeace proposes in its mission statement, "more jobs mean less violence".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I assisted with annual fundraising galas; I gave a "Peace Party" selling the women's handcrafts; I helped organize trips of Afghan women to the US.