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Microgrants: It's Working

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A handful of social entrepreneurs concluded that small loans or grants to poor people with ability and drive can have a profound impact. This book contains stories of 77 MicroGrant recipients, relating how they used their grants and the results.

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Overview

A handful of social entrepreneurs concluded that small loans or grants to poor people with ability and drive can have a profound impact. This book contains stories of 77 MicroGrant recipients, relating how they used their grants and the results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932472943
  • Publisher: Nodin Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

A Preface from the Community Jim Klobuchar ix

Introduction Tony Bouza xii

Foreword Joe Selvaggio xxiii

Acknowledgements xxxii

1 The Entrepreneurs: Heroes You Have Never Met

Nurturing the Buds of Hope Sue Webber 2

Massage Therapy as a Way Up Jean Mary Lindquist 4

Altruism Can Pay Gary Paulson 6

Undaunted Mary Johnson 7

Any Ways to Help Chingwell Mutombu 10

A Personal Account Mari Harris 11

The Trials of a Trail Blazer Willetta DeYoung 14

Dynamo Shegitu Kebede 18

Notes from the Underground Ashley Coleman 20

Integrating Beauty Stefanie Blommer 22

Capitalism's Beauty Kanika Baker 24

Progress Without Self-Pity Lavon Jordan 25

A Chance to Show Off Teresa Rogers 27

Working, Planning, Expanding Shea Halstead 29

A Capitalist's Struggles Renisha Gray 30

Working, Scrimping, Planning James Byron 32

2 First Jobs

An Innocent Abroad Foster Asomani 34

Family as Crucible Danyale Turpin 36

Lonely Struggle: Incremental Progress Nancy Ateka 39

Sobriety's Promise Freddie Chappell 40

Finally Clean and Climbing Craig Ebert 43

The Battle to Escape Sean Allen 46

Finding Her Way Teresa 49

3 Bootstrappism Through Learning

Giving Back ZeinabAlol 52

Altruistic Little Powerhouse Venus Agbay 55

Struggling Toward the American Dream Marian Aden 57

Focused Shantez Benjamin 59

Pursuing the American Dream Meng (Mikayla) Che 60

Unexpected Talents Annette Holden 62

The Academic Bootstrap Mercy Ollor 64

Planning and Progress Cleaveroy Benjamin 66

Breaking a Cycle Tasha Kirk 68

4 Art

Death, Life and Art Reverend Yosef Hunter 70

Dysfunction, Art and Progress Heidi Arneson 72

Puppetry With a Message Tricia Haynes 74

Self-Expression andGrowth Deborah VanderEyk 77

An Artist and His Patron Steven Brooks 79

A Star Aborning? Daniel Coleman 82

Troubadour Shannan Hughes 83

5 Altruism and Spunk

Multi-Tasking Desiree Smith 86

Aiming Really High Abdi Abdirahman 88

Reaching for the Gold Ring Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxin 91

6 Single Parenting

Living in Fear Lisa Erickson 94

Surviving Job's Trials Lakisha Holman 96

Overcoming Bad Choices Iris Dixon 98

Filial Devotion Naomi Mohammed 102

Absent Fathers LaVeka Belyeu 104

Real Leadership Jesse Oyervides 106

Scratch and Find A Poet Marie Chante Flowers 108

Educational Investments Brenda Cleveland 111

Seizing America's Opportunities Ngozi Konan 114

7 Disabilities and Health

A Sentence of Death Diana Hobbs 118

Real Heroism Valerie June Brown 120

Gaining With Pain Gwendolyn Jones 122

Easing It Arletha Wilson 123

Building From Ashes Berniece Merchant 125

The Power of Knowing Estelle 126

A Figure from Dickens in Modern Times Argian Dee 129

8 A Dog's Life and Other Tales

Anything But a Dog's Life Lisa Gomzales 132

Flowering Hopes Linda Lake 135

Fighting Scary Obstacles Antoinette Williams 138

Purposeful Progress Mollie Mosman 141

9 Hitting Bottom and Bouncing

Driving and Driven Lavelle Collaso 144

Ghetto Reality and its Lessons Lakeisha Turpin 145

Babel's Challenge Raquel Sosa Jose Amegon 147

Trekking Toward the Dream Lubakare "Lu" Matayo 150

Family Matthew Busby 152

Modern Emancipation Tanya McCaleb 154

Charity Begins at Home Lacotref Bibbs 157

Dreaming Natissja Skinner 158

Bumping Along the Bottom Rhonada Valentine 160

Family Dreams and Nightmares Mercedes Cruz 163

Fitful Progress Makeba Stevens 166

Redemption Tyanna Bryant 169

Emerging From Darkness and Despair Tina Caples 170

10 Existentialists and Other Oddities

Finding Ways to Help Rudy Collaso 174

Catalyst for Peace Sam Riley 176

11 How Did It All Turn Out?

A Statistical Analysis John Mauriel 179

Part II Commentaries

Culture, Compassion, and Conservatism Mitch Pearlstein 200

MicroGrants, Poverty and the Liberal Voice of Conscience Tom Fiutak 209

An Entrepreneur's Perspective: Betsy Buckley, CEO Founder, What Matters 217

Women of Color and the Tragedy of Trickle Down: Laura Waterman Wittstock, President & CEO, Wittstock & Associates 222

The Yale Internship Program 229

College Internship Program 230

Index of Grantees 231

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