March 7, 2017

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

Maryam Mwalimu designs farming tools such as aquatic weeders and harrows for rice farming.

Maryam Mwalimu is a 29-year-old product designer and entrepreneur from Zanzibar. She designs farming equipment’harrows, weeders, and harvesters. Maryam sees her business as a way to support farmers and advocate for better productivity with less effort.

Maryam…

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February 27, 2017

How IESC, Big Bird, and national defense are connected
Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Photo courtesy of WNET.

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.

Chamberlin’s involvement with IESC begins with Frank Pace, a former army secretary and chairman of defense contractor, General…

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December 14, 2016

Lynda Swenson during one of her assignments with IESC in Egypt. Photo: VEGA

On December 5, International Volunteer Day, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) honored IESC volunteer Lynda Swenson with its 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award.

VEGA’s award selection committee chose to recognize Swenson due to her extensive history of volunteering’which includes over 50 volunteer assignments in the last 10 years.

‘I am not a…

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October 28, 2016

 Picture by USAID/Afghanistan

On October 18, 2016, IESC’s USAID-funded Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises Program brought together more than 100 business representatives and local government officials in Mazar-e-Sharif for an exhibition aimed at increasing sales of Afghan products.

The expo provided an opportunity for Afghan manufacturing companies to exhibit their products, learn about one another, and…

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September 1, 2016

Behrman, pictured on the far right, attending IESC’s opening ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in June 1968. 

Earlier this month, IESC lost one of its founding partners, Jack N. Behrman, who died on August 19, 2016, at the age of 94.

Behrman had a long and varied career in government and academia with a focus on domestic and international business and trade and on mobilizing volunteer expertise to…

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August 19, 2016 Stélvia Agostinho, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Angola, will spend six weeks at IESC as an intern.

IESC—International Executive Service Corps—is delighted to host Stélvia Conceição José Agostinho of Angola as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program.

Stélvia, who is from Angola’s capital city of Luanda, holds a…

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