Afghanistan: Build a Shelter, Shelter a Dream


In June, 5 Bpeace volunteers travelled to Afghanistan and met with the Afghan Race to Innovation finalists and welcomed them into the Bpeace three-year program. Sora will be coming to the U.S. in October 2010. While here, she will visit with host companies in their field. This program is partially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Almost 200 donors supported the Race to Innovation Afghan finalists, not only providing financial support directly to the finalists, but also giving them tremendous exposure and the encouragement to take their businesses even further. Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to our voters for your support!



Qaseem is in marketing mode right now. He just produced a marketing brochure and donated one of his fiberglass dome structures to a girls’ school, replacing a tent.

Bpeace CEO Toni Maloney met with Qaseem last month when she was in Afghanistan. She reports: “Qaseem is an impressive young social entrepreneur. His low-cost durable structures can do so much to improve the quality of life of Afghans. A cash infusion would help him buy the materials to produce some additional structures as model homes, schools and health centers. He is also researching plug-in components like solar panels.”

Qaseem says: “The money raised by your vote will help me manufacture the first set of molds to start production in Afghanistan.”

Qaseem will receive 100% of the funds raised on his behalf. Bpeace will disburse the funds in conjunction with the ongoing technical assistance we are providing as we guide him through his business expansion process.

Your vote for Qaseem will join with hundreds of others to place much needed capital in the hands of this inspiring Afghan entrepreneur. Qaseem has a vision to help his community by creating jobs and a bridge to better education, improved health, and less violence in the homes and on the streets.

HOW BPEACE SELECTED QASEEM Bpeace's Race to Innovation encourages entrepreneurs with bold ideas in conflict-affected countries by providing them with technical assistance from Bpeace experts and seed capital from donors like you.

Qaseem was selected from more than 250 applicants. Bpeace personally interviewed him, and he has been working with a team of U.S. volunteer advisors since December 2009.

ABOUT BPEACE Bpeace believes the path to peace is lined with jobs. We work with entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries to scale their businesses, create significant employment and expand the economic power of women. More jobs mean less violence.®

In the wake of conflict, Bpeace helps entrepreneurs run quicker and bolder. We assist entrepreneurs who share a common vision with us—that employment for women and men is the bridge to education, poverty reduction, improved health, and ultimately less violence; and that jobs for women are vital to women’s advancement and to elevating their peaceful influence on society.

Bpeace is a non-profit organization of business people. We volunteer our expertise, technical assistance, networks and proven methodologies to help Fast Runners expand their businesses, increase profitability, create new employment, retain and attract customers, and access markets and capital. Bpeace tailors a two to three year investment in each entrepreneur—a mix of consulting, training, mentoring, out-of-country apprenticeships and business site visits, employee technical training, equipment, technology, branding and marketing, and networking opportunities.

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