Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Ku Wa Kabili (Tuesday): Messages of Hope From Kigali to Kabul
Today marked an important occasion for Bpeace. Wendy, Pat, and Barbara (Jeanne’s mentor) started the day with a visit to Jeanne, where Wendy conducted the first B2P (Business to Peace) interview. We’re connecting the dots from business to peace by exploring ways our associate’s businesses can contribute to long lasting peace. And our associates are happy to be part of it. We hope these stories will inspire the Bpeace Afghan associates in their peacebuilding efforts.
After interviewing Jeanne, Wendy stated “this justifies being on the mission and if I went home today it would have been worthwhile.”
Anne joined Wendy, Pat and our interpreter Susan to continue the B2P interviews with Languida at her funeral business. Languida is a star role model for B2P because she is running a business that traditionally women didn’t run and in which cultural issues surround the taboo of death. When asked by Wendy what advice Languida would like to give our associates in
After the B2P interviews, Wendy found that what most resonates for her is how the women who need help are so willing to help others.
To support the efforts of our courageous Rwandan Associates…
Anne, Marla and Lee met with USAID and the Department of Defense to identify regional programs and resources to support the efforts of our associates. Anne and Marla reviewed current and future Bpeace training programs and possible opportunities for partnering. With the same intent, Barbara, Stephanie, Marla and Richard met with the head of UNIDO Operations in
Meanwhile back at Richard’s office, Sabra continued to work with our associates on reading the stories their “books” tell. She reviewed business budgets with Pierrette, Nadia, Sylvie and Leiny and emphasized the importance of knowing your monthly basic costs and preparing for peaks and valleys. Sabra also discussed with Leiny the opportunity to become a distributor of cleaning products with guidance from Leiny's mentors back in the
Thanks Wendy and the team for inspiring this important peace dialogue.
Great work today, everybody. How're the extracurricular activities (food and shopping)? Can't wait to hear more details on the upper-level meetings, too.
you look SUPERFLY! leave it to you to look amazing even so far away from home! sounds like you had a great day.
Lee, how is your Kinyarwanda coming?
Oh, in case you are wondering what is happening here, winter is finally in. We are freezing, and I hear that we will be lucky to reach double digits on Friday. So, while you enjoy the warm weather in Kigali, some of us will be wrapped in blankets and hats and whatever else we can grab to keep ourselves warm and wish we had joined you on the trip. Good timing!
The depth and quality of the dialogue going on with our associates is amazing. Just like our experience in Afghanistan, the relationship blossom with each visit. There appears to much power in just showing up.
My hat is off to you all. Wish I was with you. Special shout out to Marla - HI MARLA!!