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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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Notes ix
Introduction: The Road to Morocco 1
Chapter 1 The French Riviera, Dubai, and The World 11
Chapter 2 Singapore, Bali, and Beijing 33
Chapter 3 Chicago, Fiji, and Broadway 53
Chapter 4 The Mission 79
Chapter 5 The Sacred Valley of the Incas 93
Chapter 6 Welcome to Sarajevo 117
Chapter 7 The Great Rift Valley and Nairobi 155
Chapter 8 Rwanda 187
Chapter 9 Dar es Salaam, Andhra Pradesh, and a Walk to the Sea 215
Chapter 10 Magellan's Cross, Hanoi, and Cambodia 249
Chapter 11 Kathmandu 275
Chapter 12 India 283
Chapter 13 Beirut 315
Chapter 14 Home 329
Abbreviations and Other Terms 361
Sources, Recommended Reading, and Additional Resources 363
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who know that I could be taught the ins and outs of micro finance in such an interesting and heart warming way. If you have no idea what Kiva is, this is the book for you. If you're a current Kiva lender, this is the book for you. If you're a business book reader, this is the book for you. If you're a traveler, this is the book for you. If you're a cultural junky, this is the book for you. If you have a big heart (or even if you think you need to grow your heart a little more), this is the book for you. Basically, if you are a human being, this is the book for you.
Great read and very Inspiring! I was completely engrossed in this book, as it is an entertaining, witty and intelligent travel memoir. The focus is obviously microfinance, but this is not intimidating for non-economic minded folks; learning how different people in very different geographies live and work hard and aspire for more is a reality check and humbling experience. Really enjoyed this, and highly recommend it!
I am so glad that Bob Harris went on this enthralling, epic adventure, so that I didn't have to. But, boy, am I glad he did! And that he wrote so beautifully about it so we could all go along for the ride from the dengue fever free comfort of our favorite reading chair. Little did Bob know when he went on a tour of luxury hotels around the world that it would spark a much bigger journey, one with the tiny little goal of trying to figure out how to do something about the horrible inequalities he witnessed outside the doors of these gilded palaces. On the way, Bob discovered Kiva, and their incredible online micro loan program. So the journey began, through thousands of loans, and then to meet the people on the other end of those loans. You will love to meet each and every one of these people, through the kind, curious, and eager eyes of Bob Harris, and learn too a bit about the world they live in. This is the other side of globalization. A shrinking world where we can all get to know each other a bit better, and reach out across divides that seemed unbridgeable not so long ago. But no more. This book had me literally laughing out loud just paragraphs after having me in tears. And if you ever thought footnotes were boring, you haven't read footnotes generated by the brain of Bob Harris. His footnotes are what the internet should be. Quick, entertaining, and full of tasty nuggets of insight and knowledge. I highly recommend this read. The pages fly by. But be careful, it might just inspire you to get up and do something in this world. Or at least go online to Kiva and make a difference with a couple of clicks, so you can start up the International Bank of You.
Very interesting look into the world of Kiva. I have found a new favorite author!