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

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

by Bob Harris


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Hired by 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, 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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ISBN-13: 9781620405222
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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

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

Postscript 351

Acknowledgments 355

Abbreviations and Other Terms 361

Sources, Recommended Reading, and Additional Resources 363

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