Several Afghans recently graduated from an online business course

Leaders of an Oklahoma nonprofit sing the praises of more than two dozen Afghan women for their determination to complete business classes online while in a country with a changing political and cultural climate.

Afghan women recently participated in a virtual graduation ceremony for an eight-week business course offered online by the Oklahoma City-based Peace Through Business program.

Peace Through Business is under the umbrella of the nonprofit Institute for Economic Empowerment, with Terry Neese as founder and executive director. The Oklahoma businesswoman congratulated the Afghan women for completing the virtual course as they navigated the changing political and cultural landscape of their native country.

“This is truly a miracle,” Neese said.

“Your presence at this Peace Through Graduation ceremony is evidence that you not only have what it takes to master the art of business, but you also have the resilience and strength to keep moving forward in the face of obstacles. You must be very proud of yourselves and I can tell you that we are very proud of you.