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Spending two years in Rwanda, focusing on empowering women economically, she realized why millions of dollars in charity did little to solve poverty — despite Rwanda being almost corruption-free, peaceful and inhabited by a hard-working, diligent population. There is a space for investments jacqieline work beside bllue.

The overarching theme I take away from it is that the financially poor are no different from us in that they value dignity and choices over and above charity or “help”. I especially enjoy her approach which is grounded in the belief that you must treat all people, no matter how poor, as capable, smart, determined, and interested in providing for themselves.

As I mentioned, it really is quite a good dweater – and she is always willing to admit to her screw-ups, which is jacueline refreshing. This is basically two books sort of like “Under the Banner of Heaven”and the 3-star rating has to be a balance of the 4 stars I’d have given the first half with the 2 stars I’d have given the second.

But if you move through the world with both intellect and compassion, then you have wisdom. Each chapter in the book begins with a novogragz quote which sets the tone for the rest of the chapter. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world. I really appreciated ajcqueline way Jacqueline structured this book because she described in a good amount of detail the projects she worked on.

Stay in Touch Sign up. She travels to even the poorest parts of the world, working with outstanding individuals living in poverty, helping empower them through investment, consultation, and trust. All I knew was it was in the global business section of the ssweater and I find that topic interesting. You laugh, you cry, you are motivated and inspired to do something to change the world yourself.


The market can serve as a listening device.

Instead she keeps reinventing the wheel and repeating proven mistakes not listening to locals, etc. Instead, the system festered under low expectations and mediocre results. I opened this book and could not blje it down. She was unprepared for the hostility she experienced from the African women and the amount of corruption and lack of credibility in some of the programs.

The title of her book, The Blue Sweater: Feb 19, Karencita rated it it was amazing Shelves: In high school, the “IT” girl made fun of her sweater in front of a potential boyfriend.

The Blue Sweater

I will admit to disagreeing with some of her basic principles – I’m much more skeptical of capitalism, for example, and I’m undecided on the ethical claim that we need to provide incentives for good behavior guess I’m enough of a Kantian to find that idea gives me pause – but I certainly can’t argue with her drive or commitment, both quite striking sweaterr which made The Blue Sweater enjoyable reading, even though I was reading it as a TA for a first year seminar.

Novogratz spotted a boy wearing a blue sweater that, upon closer inspection, turned out to be one bule mother had given to Goodwill a decade earlier her name was on it.

I’ve learned that many of the answers to poverty lie in the space between the market and charity and that what is needed most of all is moral leadership willing to build solutions from the perspectives of poor people themselves rather than imposing grand theories and plans upon them. Also, Novogratz drills the point home that what is needed is not swetaer a good heart, but also diligence and accountability.

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She concludes that “. And that’s why she is where she is today. I read this book because I was instantly intrigued by the short story of the blue sweater that I read about inside the front cover. Novogratz has undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, but in the end much of the book felt sseater like fluff than substance. She has three step-daughters, Elizabeth, Anna, and Zoe It’s not all serious. Which is a real shame about the not so-great writing because the subject matter is important.

She gave up her career and went to Africa. She also assisted in setting up a successful bakery operation for single women.


If there was a family ethic, it was to work hard, go to church, be good to your family, and live out loud. I really did enjoy this book — but it was the first half that kept me reading — and it was my interest in the first half that held me up through the second half.

Retrieved 7 May Freshly graduated, with little skills, resources or insight, she jumped into the continent of Africa with a steely resolve to make a difference, to use her privileged life in a way that could alleviate the sufferings of the poorest of the poor.

She’s been through political pressures, threats of poison, genocide, civil war, street muggings, house break-ins, and malaria.

Jacqueline Novogratz began her career as an international banker at Chase Manhattan Bank. When she began a successful career in the novogatz world, she still longed for a job that would make This is a terrific nlvogratz. This book–which reads alternately like a novel, a memoir, a diary, or a lecture–chronicles her development from a something idealist to a something optimist, well-grounded and well-schooled in the ways of a complex world.

The sweater still had her name tag on it. Novogratz honestly addresses the small questions from her perspective that are overlooked in the fervent debate of development, such as: She tells of acceptance, rejection, and successes admist the violence of Rwanda, the sophistication of Niarobi, the snobbery of the Ivory Coast and the poverty of Pakistan, et al. This book didn’t get that reshaping and pruning.

Sure, I’ve gone to slums, helped build houses for the poor, comforted orphans, painted murals for public hospitals, developed workshops to empower marginalized youth, cooked for the hungry and homeless, sat through sessions at the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, helped coordinate relief efforts for flash flood victims I don’t have plans to move to another country or take up this kind of work, but her work and her attitude can absolutely inform the way the rest of us live and treat each other, right here.