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Remembering David Rockefeller, IESC Founder 

21-Mar-2017 Categories: Press Releases

March 21, 2017 -- IESC remembers our founder and first chairperson (1964-1968) David Rockefeller, who died yesterday, March 20, at the age of 101.  

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Let Women Show You Who They Are, and Change Will Happen 

07-Mar-2017 Categories: Afghanistan Gender International Women's Day

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tarana Amini, the human resources manager for IESC’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises Program in Kabul. We discussed how she started her career, what it’s like to work in Afghanistan as a woman, and how she sees the future of women’s equality in Afghanistan.

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Irrigation Technician by Day, Inventor by Night: Maryam’s Story 

07-Mar-2017 Categories: International Women's Day Tanzania

Maryam is a very talented, focused, and determined young woman, all of which are required for any entrepreneur to be successful. But as a woman in a developing country and a Muslim-majority region, Maryam faces additional hurdles.

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Narcisa Bautista, the Legacy of a Woman Who Knocked Down Walls 

Narcisa Bautista, the legacy of a woman who knocked down walls by Riamny Méndez Narcisa Bautista recalls that in 1981 when she began working as a secretary at a produce export business in La Vega, Dominican... read more
 

Workforce Development for Women in Nigeria Requires a Cultural Shift 

05-Mar-2017 Categories: Gender International Women's Day

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, with a GDP of more than $500 billion, and yet women face systemic challenges which prevent their participation in the economy. 

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When Women Help Women, Entrepreneurs Thrive 

04-Mar-2017 Categories: International Women's Day Mali Sri Lanka

Women in West African cultures—some of which are historically matrilineal—hold positions of respect and strength. As the providers of shelter, food, wisdom, and comfort, they have often been called to firmly hold their communities together in the face of conflict and strife. It is not uncommon for women to turn to entrepreneurship—often at a very young age—to support their immediate and extended families. 

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IESC, Big Bird, and National Defense 

Remembering IESC Employee Ward Chamberlin, Jr.
03-Mar-2017 Categories: Press Releases

IESC is sad to hear of the passing of one of its early employees, Ward Chamberlin Jr., who died on February 23, 2017, at the age of 95.

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Powered by Chocolate, Women Drive Community Change  

The smell of chocolate in the air is heady, even a bit distracting, as I sit down to talk with about 10 women who run Chocolala and Chocal, two factories in the northern Altamira region of Dominican Republic. 

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Be Bold for Change 

02-Mar-2017 Categories: Afghanistan International Women's Day

We are committed to growing strong resilient economies that can withstand tumult and crises, be it disease, natural disaster, political instability, or armed conflict. To do that, you must have the participation of half of the world’s people.

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IESC Volunteer Lynda Swenson Named VEGA Volunteer of the Year 2016 

14-Dec-2016 Categories: Egypt Lebanon Volunteer Stories

On International Volunteer Day, VEGA recognized Lynda Swenson for her extensive history of volunteering—which includes over 50 volunteer assignments in the last 10 years.

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