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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Paperback – 1 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605294764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294766
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 Pages: 306 Publisher: Rodale Books The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in International Banking. To Spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia. with the blue sweater. a gift that quickly became her prized possession-until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa. she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater. with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence. she thought. of how we are all connected. how our actions-and inaction-touch people every day across the globe. people we may never know or meet.From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing orga...

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PBill on 25 Mar. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salim on 21 Sept. 2010
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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 one of the most inspiring books I have read. Jacqueline Novogratz gives an incredibly honest and humble insight into her experiences of working with people living in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. From her work in Africa setting up organisations to provide the means to empower local women, to her role in founding Acumen Fund which supports social enterprises and leaders in developing countries across the world, Jacqueline rights as someone who has witnessed the best and worst of human nature. Through the book, Jacqueline gives a detailed and eye-opening account of her work with communities in developing countries including the many mistakes and lessons she's learnt along the way.

I recommend this book to any one who is interested in social impact and international development. I also believe this should be mandatory reading for any course on Leadership, as Jacqueline Novogratz puts forward a compelling case for why values such as humility, vulnerability, empathy and dignity are the pillars of true leadership.

A great read!
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