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The Columbus Dispatch - February 25, 2013
"A funny, heartfelt guide to world improvement, and how one person
(Harris, or you, or me, for instance), might make a difference…
There is enormous happiness in this book… a plea to look at the
world a new way… persuasive and optimistic… In fact, I am going to
type the final sentence of this review, then, thanks to a smart and
funny author who called it to my attention, I am going to Kiva.org
to see if there is any good I can do."
-- Rob Hardy
Booklist - March 1, 2013
"While on assignment in Dubai to cover the world’s most luxurious
hotels, Harris got sidetracked by the stories of the indentured
immigrant laborers conscripted to build these palaces of opulence.
Determined to do something to help the families of the working poor
worldwide, he signed up with Kiva, an organization that allows
individuals to lend money via the Internet to people in developing
countries by providing “microfinancing” loans to small family
businesses, for everything from buying material and supplies to the
purchase of cows and goats. Not content with merely helping from
afar, Harris volunteered to tour the world and meet some of the Kiva
recipients, and this is where the story really begins. Traveling to
challenging and often war-torn places like Peru, Bosnia, Rwanda,
Cambodia, and Beirut, Lebanon, he checks out the repair shops,
furniture businesses, hair salons, yogurt makers, and livestock
owners who have been made successful by the microloans, but, most
important, he learns firsthand about their personal and political
struggles and is deeply impacted by the lives of the new friends he
makes along the way."
-- David Siegfried