The International Bank of Bob
Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at A TimeBook - 2013
The television personality and regular contestant on Jeopardy! explains how he was compelled to use his good fortune to help the world's working poor, describing the founding of his Kiva.org microloan portal and his visits to world regions where his organization's loans have enabled people and small businesses to revitalize. 30,000 first printing.
The inspiring memoir of an ordinary American who turned his brief brush with opulence into a joyful adventure of investing in the world's working poor.
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.
Explains how the author was compelled to help the world's working poor, describing how he discovered the Kiva.org micro-loan portal and his visits to world regions where the organization's loans have enabled people and small businesses to revitalize.