Bayat Foundation Awards 2010 Empowering Women Grant to the Business Council for Peace (BPeace)

(link) The Bayat Foundation announced a 2010 Bayat Foundation Empowering Women Grant in the amount of US$10,000 to the Business Council for Peace (BPeace) to support the Mazar Fast Runner Initiative, focusing on nurturing Afghan women business owners who are creating jobs for others.

At this point, 28 Afghan women in the BPeace program have already created 1,328 jobs that support 9,419 family members.  More than 755 of their employees are women who work from home and would otherwise have no source of income.  In operation since 2004, BPeace previously received three grants from the U.S. Department of State.

Bayat Foundation Chairman Ehsan Bayat and President and Executive Director Fatema Laya Bayat issued a statement saying, “We share a common vision with BPeace CEO Toni Maloney who believes that creating jobs is a necessary step towards peace, and believe that it is vital that women are empowered in the process.”