Microfinance USA Bookstore

All titles will be available for purchase at the 2011 Microfinance USA Conference onsite Microfinance Bookstore, featuring book signings by Dean Karlan (5/23) and Ananya Roy (5/24). Book descriptions provided by volunteers from the ACCION Microfinance Council and the NYU Microfinance Association. Full annotated bibliography available for download.

More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel
Year: 2011

Challenging philanthropists to reconsider the impact they are making today, More Than Good Intentions combines both the head and heart of philanthropy to bring advocates of the poor a compelling compilation of case studies and analyses to evaluate the past, progress and potential poverty alleviation has made...

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Financial Promise for the Poor: How Groups Build Microsavings

Edited by Kim Wilson, Malcolm Harper, Matthew Griffith
Year: 2010

Financial Promise for the Poor is an anthology devoted to current research and analysis of a savings-focused approach to poverty alleviation. Recent changes in and challenges to the industry have led specialists to explore promising alternatives to conventional microlending, such as savings groups...

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Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business

by Gary Rivlin
Year: 2010

Broke, USA tells a revealing story of the poverty industry that pervaded the United States from the early 1990s through the financial crisis of 2008. It includes testimony from individuals who made their fortune in the industry, stories of families devastated by the industry, and arguments of those seeking to abolish it entirely...

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Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven
Year: 2010

Portfolios of the Poor makes use of innovative financial diaries to understand how the poor push and pull their money to make ends meet. Households in India, Bangladesh and South Africa, were interviewed every two weeks over a one-year period regarding the most detailed inflow and outflow of their money...

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Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development

by Ananya Roy
Year: 2010

Most books and studies, when focusing on poverty, often examine the poor themselves. Instead, Poverty Capital by Ananya Roy examines those who aim to mitigate poverty—institutions, organizations, and those who manage poverty...

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Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

by Muhammad Yunus
Year: 2009

Creating a World Without Poverty discusses the ability to move past the dichotomy between business and social justice, thereby producing a more effective solution to poverty when compared to charity...

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Year: 2009

Half the Sky illustrates serious problems that women around the world face, such as sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, including honor killings and mass rape, and maternal mortality...

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Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World

by Matthew Bishop, Michael Green; Introduction by President Bill Clinton
Year: 2009

Bishop and Green’s philanthrocapitalists are a diverse group of corporate visionaries, wealthy money managers, high-tech venture capitalists, former world leaders, pop-culture celebrities and social networking enthusiasts...

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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

by Katie Smith Milway
Year: 2008

This tale, aimed at second to fifth graders, shows what can come when a Ghanaian village pools savings together in a community bank. Kojo borrows money from his mother, who has borrowed from the bank, to buy a hen...

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How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

by David Bornstein
Year: 2007

How to Change the World examines the work of nine social entrepreneurs who have used innovative approaches and strategies to solve social problems on a large scale across cities, countries, and in some cases, the world...

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The Poor and Their Money: Microfinance From a Twenty-First Century Consumer's Perspective

by Stuart Rutherford with Sukhwinder Arora
Year: 2007

Stuart Rutherford, the founder of a microfinance institution in Bangladesh called SafeSave, draws lessons from the way that the poor manage their money with an emphasis on the fact that the poor can and want to save, but often lack appropriate saving mechanisms...

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Transforming Lives $40 at a Time, Women + Microfinance: Upending the Status Quo

by Dana Elizabeth Whitaker
Year: 2007

Around the globe, an astounding 1.2 billion people (approximately 240 million families) struggle to survive on less than $1 every day. The 115 color photographs and accompanying stories in Dana Whitaker’s book, Transforming Lives $40 at a Time, bring readers face-to-face and heart-to-heart with brave, resourceful, devoted women...

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Kitchen Capitalism: Microenterprise in Low-Income Households

by Margaret S. Sherraden
Year: 2004

Kitchen Capitalism provides a thorough analysis of microfinance in the United States and draws on the results of the Self Employment Learning Program: a comprehensive study conducted by the Aspen Institute...

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Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

by Muhammad Yunus
Year: 1999

Banker to the Poor is Dr. Muhammad Yunus’s autobiographical account of founding the Grameen Bank, a lending institution conceived to provide financial capital to Bangladesh's rural poor in an effort to eradicate poverty...

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Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy

by Michael Sherraden
Year: 1991

In Assets and the Poor, Sherraden initiates and analyzes the most cutting edge welfare policy proposal that has ever been heard: instead of focusing on income and consumption, we should focus more on savings, investment, and asset accumulation...

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