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The Blue Sweater Audiobook

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

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Publisher's Summary

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it.

It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession - until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actions - and inaction - touch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet.

From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters - women dancing in a Nairobi slum, unwed mothers starting a bakery, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, 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 can change millions of lives.

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.

©2009 Jacqueline Novogratz (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a wonderful book by a remarkable woman. It's a story about doing enormous good while having some extraordinary experiences and even adventures. It touches the heart and the mind. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about what's really going on in the world out there." (Fareed Zakaria, editor at large, Time magazine; host, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS)
"Jacqueline's book and her work represent an entirely new way to look at things, a vivid opportunity for change and most of all, an obligation to spread the word about the way the world has evolved. We need to wake up and listen to what she has to say. Hurry!" (Seth Godin, author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable)
"If you believe in the worth and capacity of individual initiative and in group commitment, or if you believe that our lives can be transformed by the events we live through, then you must read this book." (Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia)

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  • Galant
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    23/01/11
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    "A Heartfelt Testament"

    While the central tenet is allied with those held by academics like Dambisa Moyo and William Easterly, who argue that development aid (not to be confused with humanitarian aid) is a hindrance more than a service, Jacqueline Novogratz’s ‘The Blue Sweater’ is a personal, reflective and deeply humane testament to the power of economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Partly a heartfelt reflection on her years in Rwanda, before and after the 1994 genocide and partly a lighthearted memoir of a young activist trying to find where she is welcome (and more amusingly, where she is not) in the world around her, this book is a warmly toned, inspiriting guide to making a difference in our communities.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Caitlin
    Haddonfield, NJ, United States
    04/01/12
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    "Inspiring, Honest Read. Highly Recommended"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a beautiful, honest memoir, as well as a crash course on micro-lending and development for the poor. Novogratz is very good at describing her experiences, missteps, and successes without revision; she writes about what she learned, the people she met, the places she grew to love. I especially like the parts involving Rwanda. The audio quality is also good, and Novogratz is fun to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rio Delta Wild
    Harlingen, TX
    03/03/12
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    "An honest self-appraisal of attempts to help."
    Where does The Blue Sweater rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I highly recommend this book; it's one of the best I've listened to in 2012. For honesty, I applaud Ms. Novogratz. She points out her mistakes along the path she followed, often into dangerous situations, because of a naive understanding of the culture she was attempting to change.


    What does Jacqueline Novogratz bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is passionate about helping those in the 3rd world and that passion comes through wonderfully in her narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me hope that young (and old) people who wish to help those in very different cultures will be willing to use Ms. Novogratz' experience as guidance in their endeavors.


    Any additional comments?

    Novogratz' gives lots of proof that most of the money we throw at eliminating poverty is essentially thrown to the wind. She also outlines how that waste can be transformed to actual, long-term help.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    09/11/16
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    "one of the most inspiring books on development"

    I loved this book and the author's views on how to help and aid the poor through lending . The stories she tells are incredibly heartwrenching and thought provoking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellee and Larry
    SPOKANE, WA, US
    13/09/16
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    "Read this book"

    Everyone should read this book. Especially those who live by the status quo - too many Americans take clean water & health & housing for granted & all they do is complain about their favorite football team or how much gas cost. Enough already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/08/16
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    "Must read for anyone"

    I read this as supplement to an international studies class, but it was so compelling I would have read it voluntarily. Novogratz addresses the flaw in the current system of foreign aid and using her long compelling experience in the field suggests a superior long lasting system.

    In addition to this niche topic she addresses in so many words the human condition and tells her first and second hand accounts of major world events she was tied to: Rwandan Genocide, 9/11, others.

    This book is above all else an easily digestible story that forever one to question their beliefs and develop character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan W.
    04/06/15
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    "Great book! I would recommend this!"

    I enjoyed the author's perspective on philanthropy and thought she did a great job narrating her book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Forbes Johnson
    12/04/15
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    "Inspiring!!"

    This was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. As an educator I hope to pass on her message to my students.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    Bethel, CT, United States
    09/08/12
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    "Be my friend, Jacqueline!"
    What did you love best about The Blue Sweater?

    The honesty! It's so nice to hear about the mistakes and bumps that many people in the field try to hide. It makes her path and work seem more realistic, attainable, and inspiring. I wish I'd read this before I worked abroad and maybe I would have had a step up! I recommend it for everyone, but especially people going to work in developing countries. I also liked how diplomatic and uncynical she was, when that does not seem the trend in the field. Towards the end, it started to sound a bit more like an ad for the Acumen Fund, but even that wasn't unwelcome. I didn't have a full understanding of how the organization worked and this was the best possible package for finding out! With such the organization's great, but not necessarily intuitive (methodology-wise) work, I think she needed to put this out there. She was also an excellent reader with warmth in her voice-- very easy to listen to. And so likable... be my friend, Jacqueline!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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