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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World [Hardcover]

Jacqueline Novogratz
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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594869154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594869150
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Surely you care about poor people. You may pray for them. You may send some money.

If you are an unusual person, you also serve poor people directly. If you are very caring and unusual you go to where most people are very poor and devote your life to helping them.

In the process, you can discover the joy of giving of yourself . . . and the wisdom to understand how to actually help.

Ms. Jacqueline Novogratz provides a compelling series of stories well designed to explain how she has traveled along that path of contribution and learning . . . and to explain what she now knows.

It makes for compelling reading, even if the lessons aren't nearly as concentrated as they might be.

As the book opens, she recounts the synchronicity of jogging in Rwanda and seeing a sweater she had given away 25 years earlier on a child there. The world is more interconnected than we think, and we each can make a difference: That's the message.

In her early days, the African women she wanted to help didn't want her help. Eventually, she was able to help found and develop a microfinance organization in Rwanda and a bakery before the genocide. In heartbreaking detail, she recounts the before and after . . . including what happened to many of the people she worked with . . . as well as the fate of the microfinance operations and bakery.

Eventually, she shifted focus to providing patient capital through the Acumen Fund whose equity investments and loans could either help fund innovations or speed expansion of worthy business models to help the poorest of the poor . . . on their own terms and from their own perspectives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and inspiring! 25 Mar 2011
By PBill
Following watching a short video on TED about Jacqueline Novogratz - I was intrigued to find out more. The account from the early days in Rwanda to the development now of a multinational global organisation is fascinating and inspiring. Not only does this portray factual and detailed information but woven between the lines is the story of a person committed to bring about a change in the world. Regardless of your interest in philanthropy or Microenterprise, The Blue Sweater is a fantastic read, thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sweater 21 Sep 2010
By Salim
For anyone interested in understanding or becoming involved in social entrepreneurship - this is a MUST read. I'm about 85% through this book and can honestly say it has been a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's opened my eyes to the reality of social enterprise - something I'm now convinced I HAVE to get involved in. Heartfelt thanks to Jaqueline Novogratz who is now one of my heroes! Check out Acumen Fund - a company set up by Jacqueline.
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This is an incredible story of a life lived outside the boundaries of current socio-economic thinking. It's an inspirational tale of a woman who teaches an incredibly important lesson about learning to listen, being open to cultural learning, and having the confidence that one person can changed the world when they connect to other like-minded people.
I grabbed every spare minute to devour this in a couple of sittings. Highly recommended if you've ever wondered about sustainable philanthropy models or just daydreamed about being part of something really, really important.
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