The Blue Sweater Story
The story of Jacqueline's blue sweater and what inspired her to write the book
What People Are Saying About "The Blue Sweater"
"The Blue Sweater is a book of hope written by a practical idealist who won't take 'no' for an answer." Former Senator BILL BRADLEY
"This is a wonderful book by a remarkable woman." FAREED ZAKARIA, author of The Post-American World and editor of Newsweek International
"Jacqueline's book and her work represent an entirely new way to look at things." Author SETH GODIN
"A terrific and sober-minded look at the complexities of doing good." NICHOLAS KRISTOF, Author and New York Times Columnist
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The Blue Sweater
Bridging the gap between the rich and poor in an interconnected world.
by Jacqueline Novogratz
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About The Blue Sweater
The Blue Sweater is the inspiring personal memoir of a woman who has spent her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Jacqueline Novogratz brings us a series of insightful stories and unforgettable characters — from women dancing in a Nairobi slum, to unwed mothers starting a bakery, to courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, to entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds.
She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and change millions of lives. More than just an auto-biography or a how-to guide to tackling poverty, this book challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.