TIMELINE OF IMPACT
2008 — $3,000
Provided a grant to refurbish equipment when snow collapsed the tent under which Fatima’s female workers manufacture furniture in Afghanistan. Fatima was able to purchase and replace her equipment, keep her business running, and retain her employees. At Fatima’s last reporting in 2013, she employed 55 workers including 43 women.
Supported the participation of three businesswomen manufacturing soccer balls in Afghanistan. The grant covered:
Start-up expenses to hire and train 180 widows.
Participation in the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (see below), an unprecedented opportunity for Afghan businesswomen to gain practical experience in the US in their chosen industries.
At the time of their latest reporting in 2013, two of the businesswomen employed a total of 735 women (an increase from 440). More than 80% of the world’s soccer balls are stitched by hand — mostly in Pakistan — but it is a growing industry in Afghanistan. Manufacturing balls and other leather-made goods is an excellent income-generating opportunity for widows since it allows them to work at home while learning a marketable skill. The money these poor women earn is sometimes the only household income. The soccer balls are now being made available in the US under the Dosti brand name.
2012 — $18,535
Provided funding for two Fast Runners, Nasim and Shukria, who employ and support Afghan widows, to travel to the US and participate in the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART), partially funded by the US Department of State. During their visit to the US, Nasim and Shukria visited businesses in their industry and learned best practices that they took back to their institutions.