Monday, January 22, 2007
Today, the sun breaks through
Anne's sister Golde.
On-the-ground consulting was the order of the day, as the team split up to spend quality time with the associates, asking, listening and advising—as is the Bpeace way.
Sabra, as a financial consultant in the US and Anguilla, is one of those lucky Bpeacers who directly translates what she does for a living into her Bpeace mentoring and training. Brigitte, Harriet and Jeanne—who all own separate beauty salons--are working together to refine their financial tracking systems. They are struggling to manage their inventory (hair care products) and to understand the differing levels of profitability for all the services they offer.
Sisters wherever we go
Nadia was literally moved to tears when Anne announced that she would co-mentor Nadia with another Bpeacer, Anne’s sister Golde Kantor. Nadia wants to transform her restaurant into an Internet cafe to serve the needs of the increasing number of business travelers, as well as offering services that will contribute to the development of computer literacy in the local community. Anne, Wendy and Lee see a market need for these types of services and together with Richard discussed with Nadia the next steps to help her achieve her dream. A short-term goal is for Nadia to identify a technology expert.
Brand, baby, brand
Barbara, Stephanie and Marla visited Francoise who is currently running three related businesses in
Right now all three businesses operate under different names and Barbara, Stephanie and Marla emphasized the need to trade on Francoise’s restaurant success and brand the other businesses to effectively cross-market all three. Francoise also needs to acquire a loan in order to purchase equipment to expand the catering buisness. And hey, Bpeacers and friends reading out there—Francoise needs a mentor! Who do you know who can help her bulld these busiensses and create a brand?
Leasing? What a concept
Pierrette and Peggy operate a freight-forwarding business, critical to any country on the rebound. Barbara, Wendy and Marla introduced the concept of leasing as a means for Pierette and Peggy to purchase a large truck to move beyond their domestic service and expand into international transport within the East African Economic Community--a necessity for their survival and sustainability.
The growing reputation of their business--the only one in its industry owned and operated by women in
Winding up the day
Out to dinner and a quick shop. Barbara so far is in the shopping lead, but we’re expecting big things from Lee, who collects African art.
Can't wait to hear more tomorrow.
The photos and descriptions of your work so far are inspiring. Someone stopped me in the supermarket this weekend and asked about Bpeace. They had received our solicitation letter and were considering making a donation. They said they wanted to make sure they were contributing to an organization the REALLY was "hands on" and having a direct impact on women in disadvantaged countries. If I can copy it from the blog, I'm going to send them that photo of Nadia's reaction upon learning that she will have two wonderful mentors.
Keep it up. You know the home team is here cheering you on.
It's so great to hear about the individual attention the associates are getting to help address their specific challenges. This is what is so unique about what we bring -- along with the personal relationships.
Barb, what are you buying? Can't wait to see!
It's so great reading what you are all doing there. I hope to join you one day.
The blog is fantastic! And the sense of work-in-progress is just remarkable. You are obviously building on a relationship with our associates and getting to the "real work" of launching their businesses. And you sound as if you're having fun! Keep the brainstorming going...and stay well and inspired by the good work you're doing.
Well Barb you are out there big time "doing it" making a difference and even getting a chance to shop on the side. Looking forward to hearing all the details when you return.
Blessings to all of you!
Continue the fabulous work!