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The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
Sasha Abramsky

Nation Books, 2013

Selected as A Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America , in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor—the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more ...
  
  











  



  
A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and The Business Solution for Ending Poverty
Philip Smith, Eric Thurman

McGraw-Hill, 2007

A bold manifesto by two business leaders, A Billion Bootstraps shows why microcredit is the world's most powerful poverty-fighting movement-and an unbeatable investment for your charitable donations. A Billion Bootstraps unearths the roots of the microcredit revolution, revealing how the pioneering work of people such as Dr. Muhammad Yunus-winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize-is giving hope to billions. Philanthropist and self-made ...
  
  











  



  
Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance
David Roodman

Center for Global Development, 2011

The idea that small loans can help poor families build businesses and exit poverty has blossomed into a global movement. The concept has captured the public imagination, drawn in billions of dollars, reached millions of customers, and garnered a Nobel Prize. Radical in its suggestion that the poor are creditworthy and conservative in its insistence on individual accountability, the idea has expanded beyond credit into savings, insurance, and ...
  
  











  



  
Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day
Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, ...

Princeton University Press, 2010

Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. If you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? How would you handle emergencies and old age? Every day, more than a billion people around the world must answer these questions. Portfolios of the Poor is the first book to systematically explain how the ...
  
  











  



  
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It
Robert D. Lupton

HarperOne, 2012

Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion, ...
  
  











  



  
Our Social World: Condensed Version
Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts

SAGE Publications, Inc, 2011

In this brief text, two leaders of the Teaching Sociology movement encourage students’ development of their sociological imaginations through role-taking. Assuming the role of a child living in poverty in India or of a member of an African tribe, students learn to re-envision their global society. An innovative, integrated framework provides core sociological concepts, while features such as Contributing to Our Social World enable students to ...
  
  











  



  
Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
Muhammad Yunus

PublicAffairs, 2008

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans ...
  
  











  



  
Designing the Internet of Things
Adrian McEwen, Hakim Cassimally

Wiley, 2013

Take your idea from concept to production with this unique guide Whether it's called physical computing, ubiquitous computing, or the Internet of Things, it's a hot topic in technology: how to channel your inner Steve Jobs and successfully combine hardware, embedded software, web services, electronics, and cool design to create cutting-edge devices that are fun, interactive, and practical. If you'd like to create the next must-have product, ...
  
  











  



  
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
Joseph E. Stiglitz

W. W. Norton & Company, 2013

A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist. America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, among the advanced countries. While market forces play a role in this stark picture, politics has shaped those market forces. In this best-selling book, Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz exposes the efforts of well-heeled interests ...
  
  











  



  
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (Citizenkid)
Katie Smith Milway

Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2008

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his ...
  
  











  



  
Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt
Charles R. Geisst

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013

The practice of charging interest on loans has been controversial since it was first mentioned in early recorded history. Lending is a powerful economic tool, vital to the development of society but it can also lead to disaster if left unregulated. Prohibitions against excessive interest, or usury, have been found in almost all societies since antiquity. Whether loans were made in kind or in cash, creditors often were accused of ...
  
  











  



  
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
C.K. Prahalad

Wharton School Publishing, 2004

The last couple of decades have seen great increases in sales, now multinational corporations are seeing markets with sluggish or no growth. One market that's been overlooked is also the fastest growing market in the world, and it's where you least expect it: at the bottom of the pyramid. Collectively, the world's 5 billion poor have vast untapped buying power. They represent enormous potential for companies who learn how to serve this market by ...
  
  











  



  
Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Jane Jacobs

Vintage, 1994

The author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities looks at business fraud and criminal enterprise, overextended government farm subsidies and zealous transit police, to show what happens when the moral systems of commerce collide with those of politics.
  
  











  



  
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time
Bob Harris

Walker & Company, 2013

Hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, and then inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence, Bob Harris had an epiphany: He would turn his own good fortune into an effort to make lives like theirs better. Bob found his way to Kiva.org, the leading portal through which individuals make microloans all over the world: for as ...
  
  











  



  
Enterprising Psychometrics and Poverty Reduction (SpringerBriefs in Psychology / SpringerBriefs in ...
Bailey Klinger, Asim Ijaz Khwaja, ...

Springer, 2013

This book uses newly collected data with nearly 2000 observations across Africa and Latin America of SME owner/operators to examine if psychometric tools can distinguish the good ones from the bad ones. This book fully describes the development problem and how psychometric tools can help solve it. Moreover, it presents and develops the unique statistical methodologies to deploy psychometric tools for credit screening. This will be the single ...
  
  











  



  
Start Small, Finish Big: Fifteen Key Lessons to Start--And Run--Your Own Successful Business
Fred DeLuca, John Phillip Hayes

Warner Books, 2000

"At age seventeen Fred DeLuca borrowed $1000 from a friend-and started Subway(r). Paul Orfalea, without business experience or start-up money, leased a garage, rented a copy machine-and launched Kinko's(r). Mike Ilitch, knocked out of pro baseball by a broken ankle, started making pizzas, two pies at a time-and created Little Caesar's(r). How did they do it? How did other penniless dreamers end up millionaires? How can you do it? Fred DeLuca ...
  
  











  



  
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Revised and Updated 5th ...
C. K. Prahalad

Wharton School Publishing, 2009

Drawing on Prahalad's breakthrough insights in The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid , great companies worldwide have sought to identify, build, and profit from new markets amongst the world's several billion poorest people, while at the same time helping to alleviate poverty. Five years after its first publication, this book's ideas are no longer "theory": they are proven, profitable reality. In the 5th Anniversary Edition, Prahalad ...
  
  











  



  
CrowdFund Your StartUp!: Raising Venture Capital using New CrowdFunding Techniques
Rupert M Hart

CordaNobelo, 2012

Fully updated in February 2014, this is the definitive book on equity crowdfunding for startups ie. selling shares in your company using Title III of the JOBS Act. Raising venture capital has become easier, with the passage of the JOBS Act. It’s new, it’s different, and it’s big! The SEC is about to release its final restrictions over the next two months - so now is the time to get on-board. Selling shares in your startup through ...
  
  











  



  
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
Dambisa Moyo

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009

In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse. In Dead Aid , Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest ...
  
  











  



  
Entrepreneurial Finance: Finance and Business Strategies for the Serious Entrepreneur
Steven Rogers

McGraw-Hill, 2009

To start a successful business, you need a comprehensive toolbox full of effective financial and business techniques at your fingertips. Entrepreneurial Finance provides the essential tools and know-how you need to build a sturdy foundation for a profitable business. This practical road map guides you from crafting a meaningful business plan to raising your business to the next level. It offers potent methods for keeping firm financial ...
  
  











  








   



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