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

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World[BOOKS] ⚣ The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Author Jacqueline Novogratz – Heartforum.co.uk For the first , copies of The Blue Sweater purchased, a donation per book will be made to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit that invests in transformative businesses to solve the problems of poverty The Blue For Sweater: Bridging the Gap PDF/EPUB or the Sweater: Bridging Epub ß first , copies of The Blue Sweater purchased, adonation per book will be made to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit that invests in transformative businesses to solve the problems of poverty The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a The Blue Epub / 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 Blue Sweater: Bridging Kindle Ñ 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 meetFrom her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters women dancing in a Nairobi slum, unwed mothers starting a bakery, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called patient capital can help make people self sufficient and can change millions of lives More than just an autobiography or a how to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor
    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly Blue Sweater: Bridging Kindle Ñ 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 meetFrom her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters women dancing in a Nairobi slum, unwed mothers starting a bakery, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called patient capital can help make people self sufficient and can change millions of lives More than just an autobiography or a how to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
  • Jacqueline Novogratz
  • English
  • 26 December 2018
  • 1594869154

10 thoughts on “The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

  1. Lit Bug says:

    This is a thought provoking, intense memoir by Novogratz as she recounts leaving her high profile First World banking job in order to travel to the Third World to seek the causes and solutions of extreme poverty, eventually spending years in Rwanda, Pakistan and India, while intermittently taking up further training back in the USA It all started with the Blue Sweater that she gave away to Goodwill, a charitable institution 11 years later, she spotted the same sweater on a little, poor boy in This is a thought provoking, intense memoir by Novogratz as she recounts leaving her high profile First World banking job in order to travel to the Third World to seek the causes and solutions of extreme poverty, eventually spending years in Rwanda, Pakistan and India, while intermittently taking up further training back in the USA It all started with the Blue Sweater that she gave away to Goodwill, a charitable institution 11 years later, she spotted the same sweater on a little, poor boy in Africa while on a visit there and thus began her journey, brought by the belief that the inter connected world can affect everyone in ways never imagined.Freshly graduated, with little skills, resources or insight, she jumped into the continent of Africa with a steely resolve to make a difference, to use her privileged life in a way that could alleviate the sufferings of the poorest of the poor.Spending two years in Rwanda, focusing on empowering women economically, she realized why millions of dollars in charity did little to solve poverty despite Rwanda being almost corruption free, peaceful and inhabited by a hard working, diligent population Learning to navigate through the difficulties, she, along with other women, set up Duterimbere, a microfinance institution that not only succeeded, but grew to be the biggest institution in the next 20 years in Rwanda, simultaneously liberating women economically and raising a significant population over the poverty line.Away in the USA for further training during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, she returns there periodically over the next 10 years to understand how people who had lived all their lives as neighbours and even spouses could kill each other And the numbers were horrible 8,00,000 Rwandans were killed in a span of 3 months, destroying completely the economy and any hope of reconstruction And yet, Rwanda prospered once again.Later, she worked in Pakistan as well as India, setting up the Acumen Fund, observing how different initiatives were hugely successful there in providing quality services to the very poor despite limited resources and immense corruption.To summarize, the memoir talks about her changing perspectives about poverty, its reasons and its solutions She talks lucidly, from a practical, rather than a theoretical intellectual perspective the hurdles in the path of poverty alleviation, and how empowerment of the poor themselves is the most successful idea in the long run.Empowerment to her is inclusive of various aspects trust building, economic, cultural, health services, allocation and management of resources, affordable innovations, investment and philanthropy Her observations on philanthropy and why it fails despite its best intentions is particularly insightful.As she herself said, Solutions to poverty must be driven by discipline, accountability and market strength, not easy sentimentality It is about building solutions from the perspective of the poor people themselves rather than imposing grand theories and plans upon them Written in a very lucid, simple way, the book is an invaluable study into the work of a handful of dedicated individuals across the world bent upon making the world a better place for the most unprivileged by listening to them closely and applying common sense and hard work to alleviate their inhuman conditions of life And in the process, she also draws my embarrassed attention to my passivity, my lack of significant contribution to the squalor around me

  2. Michelle says:

    2.5 out of 5 stars This book reminded me a lot of Unbowed by Wangari Maathai non fiction, set in Africa, strong woman changing the world, but writingnot so great Which is a real shame about the not so great writing because the subject matter is important Jacqueline Novogratz is inspiring, Acumen Fund sounds amazing, Novogratz s journey of discovery about herself, the world, and how to change it is interesting But oooh, girlfriend needed to focus She needed an editor to help her focus A 2.5 out of 5 stars This book reminded me a lot of Unbowed by Wangari Maathai non fiction, set in Africa, strong woman changing the world, but writingnot so great Which is a real shame about the not so great writing because the subject matter is important Jacqueline Novogratz is inspiring, Acumen Fund sounds amazing, Novogratz s journey of discovery about herself, the world, and how to change it is interesting But oooh, girlfriend needed to focus She needed an editor to help her focus At the end of the book she tells you how this book started when she was trying to figure out the Rwandan genocides, because she lived there with great people and had lovely experiences And the book grew from there And then you think, Ah, yes, now I know why that part of the book when she goes back to Africa to talk with women she worked with felt soplunked in there Look I think a lot of times probably an author has a lovely idea, but the book grows and changes and is eventually so far from that original idea that some reshaping and pruning are necessary This book didn t get that reshaping and pruning It could have used some finessing throughout, really, because as it is, Novogratz hops around time and places a bit too much without enough explanation for me When she settles in and givesbackground and details helping out a bakery, getting clean water to people, building neighborhoods , the book is a lotenjoyable.But you know what She probably didn t write it and edit it to my liking because she s too busy changing the world for the better soI guess that s okay

  3. Gwenyth says:

    I had high expectations for this book I read it alongside Muhammad Yunus Banker to the Poor , thinking that Yunus could be the representative of the beginnings of micro credit, and Novogratz of therecent direction of the movement.However, this book, in the end, isautobiographical than informational Novogratz has undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, but in the end much of the book feltlike fluff than substance.My sense is that she d have been better served by focusingt I had high expectations for this book I read it alongside Muhammad Yunus Banker to the Poor , thinking that Yunus could be the representative of the beginnings of micro credit, and Novogratz of therecent direction of the movement.However, this book, in the end, isautobiographical than informational Novogratz has undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, but in the end much of the book feltlike fluff than substance.My sense is that she d have been better served by focusingtightly on the most interesting part of the her store, which is the establishment of a bakery in Rwanda pre genocide, and her post genocide return, alongside the stories of what had become of the women she had once worked with That is rich stuff indeed, as her contacts range from high level officials in the Hutu government to everyday women are caught up in and respond to the genocide and its aftermath in a variety of ways.On the plus side, I think Novogratz does a very good job of describing what it s like to work in development the idealistic but not yet grounded early stages, the difficult and strange experience of first working in Africa, and a later transition working indistal but potentially wider impacting positions.I d also recommend to people Novogratz talk on ted.com

  4. Adam Gossman says:

    I opened this book and could not put it down It had everything it was very well written, was the perfect mixture of story, factual data, memoir and one of those books that makes you want to sell all you own and go out to conquer the world I cannot recommend this one enough

  5. Judy says:

    Ms Novogratz is a big dreamer and a bigger doer This book which reads alternately like a novel, a memoir, a diary, or a lecture chronicles her development from a 20 something idealist to a 40 something optimist, well grounded and well schooled in the ways of a complex world The author jump started a bakery in Kigali where her friends and colleagues, in years to come, were both victims and perpretrators of the Rwandan genocide, was assaulted on the shores of Tanzania, climbed a volcano in Za Ms Novogratz is a big dreamer and a bigger doer This book which reads alternately like a novel, a memoir, a diary, or a lecture chronicles her development from a 20 something idealist to a 40 something optimist, well grounded and well schooled in the ways of a complex world The author jump started a bakery in Kigali where her friends and colleagues, in years to come, were both victims and perpretrators of the Rwandan genocide, was assaulted on the shores of Tanzania, climbed a volcano in Zaire in a drenching downpour and ran down through golf ball sized hailstones, danced in Nairobi s slums in a mud and tin hut, and personally watched the planes bring down the World Trade Centers So what if the writing occasionally bogs down with tedious details of who, what, and when This woman has been there, done that, and we can t afford to pass up the opportunity to learn from her You ll never think of philanthropy and patient capitalism the same way again You may end up, in Ms Novogratz s words, accepting the disorder at the crucible of human existence AND, having a go at changing it

  6. Emily Dy says:

    The prologue opens with They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step I took mine and fell flat on my face As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world In my twenties, I went to africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produceI concluded that if I could only nudge the world a little bit, maybe that would The prologue opens with They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step I took mine and fell flat on my face As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world In my twenties, I went to africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produceI concluded that if I could only nudge the world a little bit, maybe that would be enough.But nudging isn t enough I love Jacqueline Novogratz for being another believer in bringing professional skills into the advocacy and development world Where Bill Drayton found a way to merge entrepreneurship and social change through the Ashoka Foundation, Novogratz likewise forged a union between investment banking and development in the Acumen Fund The Blue Sweater tells us about her journey Reading the story of the long and winding road towards establishing Acumen Fund was both very encouraging, and at the same time, very humbling.I have been studying the advocacy and CSR world for about 8 years now, and have been involved with various NGO s and causes for about 6 years But I have not even done one tenth of what Novogratz has done Sure, I ve gone to slums, helped build houses for the poor, comforted orphans, painted murals for public hospitals, developed workshops to empower marginalized youth, cooked for the hungry and homeless, sat through sessions at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, helped coordinate relief efforts for flash flood victims the list can go on and on But these were always a by the way A little sidetrip when I had time to spare from my studies or from my work School and career always took top priority And I was always careful to choose to volunteer only in the safe places.But Novogratz, she s something else She dropped a prestigious banking career in New York City to fly off to help save Africa And she failed And tried again And failed again And tried yet again She s been through political pressures, threats of poison, genocide, civil war, street muggings, house break ins, and malaria It made me feel like all I ve been doing the past 6 years has all been child s play.She risked She fell flat on her face She picked herself up And that s why she is where she is today Torn between a choice of a great NYC job, and a chance to return to Africa, she writes. Though either choice was good, one was truer to myself Ultimately, I reflected on Geothe s invocation to make a commitment and the forces of the universe will conspire to make it happen and chose the uncharted path If I had just a quarter of her courage, I think my life would be dramatically different.For anyone who has been playing with the thought of going into advocacy, development and social work, this is a really good read She goes into detail about what her life was like the fulfillment along with the tortures If, after you ve read about all the painful details, you find yourself feeling pangs of jealousy, ask yourself perhaps it s your time to make the leap

  7. Antof9 says:

    This is basically two books sort of like Under the Banner of Heaven , and the 3 star rating has to be a balance of the 4 stars I d have given the first half with the 2 stars I d have given the second The first half is a riveting story that I literally did not want to put down The second half is just information on either how to or how we did set up a fund to fund microenterprise And that, frankly, was not that interesting Sure there were some things in the second half that caught my inter This is basically two books sort of like Under the Banner of Heaven , and the 3 star rating has to be a balance of the 4 stars I d have given the first half with the 2 stars I d have given the second The first half is a riveting story that I literally did not want to put down The second half is just information on either how to or how we did set up a fund to fund microenterprise And that, frankly, was not that interesting Sure there were some things in the second half that caught my interest, but this really could have been two separate books The stories she has to tell the first half are AMAZING, and she tells them well Really well Her family descriptions were so clear and I wanted to be in her family What happened to families like this If there was a family ethic, it was to work hard, go to church, be good to your family, and live out loud We learned from our elders to be tough, to not complain, and to always show up for one another I didn t understand then how much about tribe and community I learned from this American family.It was also interesting to walk with her as she grew up Not in a finding herself way, but in an actual growing up and becoming aware way Her description of her meeting with Maha Ghosananda gives a good, and also good lesson on this I felt like a young journalist, driven but totally out of my element.He smiled and slowly bowed his head in acknowledgment Would you tell me about the peace marches, how you have the courage to head them, whether you have lost anyone along the way I asked almost breathlessly.He looked at me, in no hurry to respond With his hands clasped together, he said, Each step is a prayer, each step is a meditation You have made such a sacrifice with your life and are such an important spiritual leader, I continued, though I wasn t sure I even fully understood his first answer Those walks can take 45 days Just the logistics must be an enormous burden for someone Who helps you, and what can others do to support what you are doing What is the right role for philanthropy How many people know about the peace marches I would think they are important not only for Cambodians, but also for the entire world to understand We walk with compassion for the world, he answered.My hyperenergetic style had never been so unsuccessful at connecting with another person before Clearly, I needed a different approach Maha Ghosananda, I said, I am here out of deep respect for you and for what you are doing and want to consider how I might be able to introduce you and your work to others who might support it Please forgive me for not even knowing how to ask the questions Ifof us were willing to admit we didn t even know what question to ask, I think the world might be a better place.On a personal note, I almost fell out of my chair when I got to the name of the chairman of the board of Acumen Fund Margo Alexander used to work at the firm I worked for for 20 years After her prestigious Wall Street career, Margo Alexander, the first woman to head a major trading floor, became our board chair. Pretty cool I really did enjoy this book but it was the first half that kept me reading and it was my interest in the first half that held me up through the second half I ll admit I m prone to snap judgments, and honestly I think Acumen Fund is a really dumb name Sadly, that affected how I felt about the whole book That doesn t mean it s not a good book It just means I m not jumping up and down to recommend it Secondarily, the editing seemed a little amateurish For an editor, that s a big deal

  8. Nemo says:

    This book illustrates the problems with the charity and relief organisations of the 3rd developing world The emphasis of this book is on the economic field, with especial stress put on the value of accountability and the value of a person doing something for themself, rather than having it done for them or given to them The stories of people in this book cover from the mid 1980s through today, including the impact of the Rwandan genocide and the need for clean water, mosquito nets and access This book illustrates the problems with the charity and relief organisations of the 3rd developing world The emphasis of this book is on the economic field, with especial stress put on the value of accountability and the value of a person doing something for themself, rather than having it done for them or given to them The stories of people in this book cover from the mid 1980s through today, including the impact of the Rwandan genocide and the need for clean water, mosquito nets and access to medicines and cures for diseases that the Western world would never consider to be a threat in their daily lives This book shows the good and bad sides of people, how unfettered exuberance for something can be just as harmful as no interest in it at all, and how taking the time to listen is the most important skill you can have when trying to help others This book has changed my entire outlook on the charity and relief systems in the world, as well as the kind of person that it takes to really make a true difference in the world today

  9. Judy says:

    This book drew me in in the beginning with the author s desire to help impoverished women of the Third World obtain low interest financing to begin profitable businesses However, once she established herself as proficient in her field, her overseas trips dwindled and she began teaching and performingexecutive level jobs The book doesn t intrigue me at that point The first 1 3 of the book 4 4.5 stars, the last 2 3rds only a 2 as it was hard going with the exception of a few trips intersp This book drew me in in the beginning with the author s desire to help impoverished women of the Third World obtain low interest financing to begin profitable businesses However, once she established herself as proficient in her field, her overseas trips dwindled and she began teaching and performingexecutive level jobs The book doesn t intrigue me at that point The first 1 3 of the book 4 4.5 stars, the last 2 3rds only a 2 as it was hard going with the exception of a few trips interspersed in the dialogue

  10. Elevate Difference says:

    Would you give up a promising career in international banking to pursue a lifetime of attempting to understand and eradicate global property Jacqueline Novogratz began her career as an international banker at Chase Manhattan Bank As a member of the Credit Audit team for Chase Manhattan Bank, Novogratz was responsible for reviewing the quality of the bank s loans in other countries, especially in troubled economies As time went on, Novogratz began to explore the possibilities of working with t Would you give up a promising career in international banking to pursue a lifetime of attempting to understand and eradicate global property Jacqueline Novogratz began her career as an international banker at Chase Manhattan Bank As a member of the Credit Audit team for Chase Manhattan Bank, Novogratz was responsible for reviewing the quality of the bank s loans in other countries, especially in troubled economies As time went on, Novogratz began to explore the possibilities of working with the poorest people As her interest grew in helping the impoverished, she found a New York City based microfinance organization that focused on lending to women The Blue Sweater tells the story of Novogratz s career from international banking to philanthropy.After leaving her job at Chase Manhattan Bank to work with the microfinance organization, she was sent to Africa to work with women Novogratz had never imagined herself working in Africa She was unprepared for the hostility she experienced from the African women and the amount of corruption and lack of credibility in some of the programs Although she began her trip to Africa as a na ve idealist, she began to learn that she needed to listen to program participants to truly understand what was needed While in Rwanda, Novogratz participated in the founding of Duterimbere, a microfinance organization that would lend exclusively to women She also assisted in setting up a successful bakery operation for single women The Rwandan genocide had a devastating effect on the organizations she helped to establish.After spending time in Africa, Novogratz had the opportunity to attend graduate school for business administration and to work with other international organizations Novogratz directed the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership program for the Rockefeller Foundation During this time, Novogratz also founded the Acumen Fund, an organization based on patient capital Patient capital is a combination of venture capitalism and traditional charity that focuses on lending to social entrepreneurs The programs sponsored by Acumen Fund are also based on the idea the poor will pay for goods and services, instead of the model of traditional charity.I thought Novogratz s story was inspiring and instructional The Blue Sweater is accessible to those who do not have a background in international finance Her commitment to helping people living in poverty in a meaningful way is based on the idea that all people are interconnected.Review by Rekesha Spellman

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