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Bay Area Woman Business Owner Opens Her Business and Home to Entrepreneurs of War-Torn Countries
Oklahoma City based non-profit, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women's (IEEW) PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program has brought 30 women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda to the United States for global mentorship for the past 10 years.
By: Candice Trebus
"The women of Afghanistan and Rwanda have endured struggles of war and oppression throughout their lives," said Dr. Terry Neese, IEEW Founder and CEO, "This program offers the women an opportunity to overcome challenges, embrace their full potential and realize that they are not alone on their journey. American mentors have made the difference over this past 10 years of global impact, helping to educate almost 600 business owners who create thousands of jobs for their countrymen and women."
"Having come from India, I understand the circumstances women entrepreneurs face in developing countries. This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to make a difference."
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About IEEW - Established in 2006, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, based in Oklahoma City, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages the empowerment of women economically, socially, and politically by focusing on their education and mentorship. The IEEW strives to help women in the United States and abroad who want to gain entrepreneurial skills that will help them start and grow a business, which will in turn help them to become more active and effective public policy advocates. Working on the forefront of these efforts, the IEEW believes in the power of women as a driving force in the development and stability of businesses in emerging economies. Through its dedication, hard work and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, the IEEW helps provide women with a voice in their fight to establish peace and free market economies. For more information, visit http://www.ieew.org/