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
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 11, 2016 - PRLog -- Both ladies will spend the week meeting with Akraya executives and employees, learning new business best practices she can apply to her own businesses when she returns home. They will take tours of some of Silicon Valley's tech campuses and participate in informational interviews with high-level executives. Additionally, they will have other networking opportunities attended by influential Bay Area businesswomen. The week will close out with an ice cream social celebration at Akraya's Santa Clara headquarters

"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." Sonu Ratra, Co-Founder, Akraya and Board Member, IEEW

About Akraya Inc. - Akraya is a multiple award-winning, global provider of IT, Engineering, Creative and Marketing talent. We have extensive experience supporting Fortune 500 clients as well as hot emerging start-ups in both direct contracting and MSP models. Akraya offers clients a cost-effective, single-source provider for high-value talent solutions allowing clients to focus on their core competencies. With more than 95% of our client-facing staff holding graduate degrees, Akraya has the expertise, speed, agility, flexibility and scale to help clients build their project teams and to achieve a faster, higher return on capital investment. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, Akraya has offices throughout the United States and Canada as well as a Center of Recruiting Excellence in Pune, India. Akraya is a certified woman-owned, minority-owned and Bay Area Green Business. This year, Akraya celebrates 15 years of providing Trusted Talent. Please visit

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

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