Small Change – Big Deal : Money as If People Mattered

Small Change, Big Deal

By Jennifer Kavanagh

Small Change Big Deal – Book Description :

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Across the world, small groups of people have made money work for them with community-based microcredit. In Small Change, Big Deal, Jennifer Kavanagh uses her years of experience in establishing and running small scale peer lending programmes to give us a worm’s eye view of their ability to transform people’s lives.

Describing her efforts in Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and London, Jennifer Kavanagh explores microcredit’s successes and failures. She includes both her own fascinating perspective, as someone who has founded award-winning peer lending programmes, and the under-represented perspectives of those borrowing money. Pioneered in one of the world’s poorest countries, microcredit has much to teach us all in an age when financial systems worldwide are in question and new economic approaches must being considered. In Madagascar, thanks to a loan, Tandi started her own business selling sugar and cooking oil; the proceeds allowed her to buy her children school uniforms. Money is about trust, and microcredit is successful because it remembers this. Almost 40 years after the publication of E. F. Schumacher’s visionary book, small is still beautiful, and people still matter.

“I hope that the book will help educate people about microcredit and evaluate its worth in reaching its full potential.”
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen bank.

“This is a superb and timely book, and thoroughly researched. Jennifer Kavanagh enlivens the insights from data with real-world examples. By recovering the moral core of economics, Kavanagh has unleashed that most subversive of revolutions in which society achieves the very transformation it originally intended.” John Dalla Costa, Founding Director, Centre for Ethical Orientation, Author of The Ethical Imperative: Why Moral Leadership is Good Business

About Jennifer Kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh gave up her career as a literary agent to run a community centre in London’s East End. Street Cred, the UK microcredit programme that the author started in 1999, won the 2003 British Urban Regeneration Award. As well as working in microfinance she facilitates conflict resolution workshops and is active in the Quaker community. Her previous titles include Journey Home (2012) and Simplicity Made Easy(2011).

ISBN: 9781780993133
Price: $ 19.95 £ 11.99

Release Date : May 2012

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