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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Mar 5, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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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 little as $25-50, businesses are financed and people are uplifted. Astonishingly, the repayment rate was nearly 99%, so he re-loaned the money to others over and over again.

After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-to-day life-political and emotional-in much of the world that Americans never see. Told with humor and compassion, The International Bank of Bob brings the world to our doorstep, and makes clear that each of us can, actually, make it better.

 

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User Review  - BookAngel_a - LibraryThing

I have nothing but praise for this book. I had heard of Kiva and always intended to try it. I must admit that I chose this book under the mistaken impression that Bob Harris had something to do with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rayaowen - LibraryThing

I haven't quite finshed reading this but already know it's a 5 rating. Wonderfully well written and a compelling overview of how microfinancing helps individuals improve their lives. I've long been a supporter of Kiva, and this book affirms my committment. Read full review

Contents

The Road to Morocco
1
The French Riviera Dubai
11
Singapore Bali and Beijing
33
Chicago Fiji and Broadway
53
The Mission
79
The Sacred Valley of the Incas
93
Welcome to Sarajevo
117
The Great Rift Valley and Nairobi
155
Dar es Salaam Andhra Pradesh
215
Magellans Cross Hanoi and Cambodia
249
Kathmandu
275
India
283
Beirut
315
Home
329
Postscript
351
Copyright

Rwanda
187

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Bob Harris has had a diverse career as a TV writer, TV and radio personality, and political columnist. He has appeared on Jeopardy! thirteen times, staging some of the most memorable upsets and collapses in the show's history. His first book, Prisoner of Trebekistan, chronicling his Jeopardy! experience, was widely praised, as was his second, Who Hates Whom, a pocket summary of more than 30 conflicts around the world. He holds an honors degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University. Bob lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website at www.bobharris.com.

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