Cristal Montanez Baylor is the Executive Director of Hashoo Foundation USA. She leads initiatives to promote Hashoo Foundation's Women's Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project - "Plan Bee"- in the US. The project empowers women in the remote Northern Areas of Pakistan by expanding employment opportunities and generating a stable source of income through the sale of high-quality honey. The project is the winner of the prestigious World Challenge 08 Award competition sponsored by BBC and Newsweek in association with Shell, and it is a featured commitment on the Clinton Global Initiative website. Cristal believes that expanding income generating programs will strengthen the communities and help prevent the influence of extremism in Pakistan.
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Cristal of the Hashoo Foundation preaches a different kind of sustainability. Her foundation teaches women in Pakistan the bee keeping biz as long as they keep their children in school, creating a new generation of learners.