Here at Kiva, we're thrilled to be sharing The International Bank of Bob with our community, and hope that you'll join us in spreading the word to your friends and family. Check out the resources below, and be sure to let us know if you host an event--we’d love to hear from you.
Host a book discussion
Introduce your friends to Kiva through Bob Harris' new book, The International Bank of Bob. We've included a discussion guide and additional resources to help with your event.
Skype with Bob
Have a direct conversation with Bob Harris and your book club through Skype! Be sure to take advantage of this amazing and unique opportunity while you can.
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About the book
"Hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, and then inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence, Bob Harris had an epiphany: He would turn his own good fortune into an effort to make lives like theirs better. Bob found his way to Kiva.org, the leading portal through which individuals make microloans all over the world: for as little as $25-50, businesses are financed and people are uplifted. Astonishingly, the repayment rate was nearly 99%, so he re-loaned the money to others over and over again.
"After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-to-day life-political and emotional-in much of the world that Americans never see. Told with humor and compassion, The International Bank of Bob brings the world to our doorstep, and makes clear that each of us can, actually, make it better."
Praise for The International Bank of Bob:
"No book this important should be this delightful. Bob Harris's funny, tender, and incisive opus works as both an engaging personal memoir and a clear introduction to the world of microfinance."
"A portrayal of loving families in challenging environments that leaves you feeling stronger, more connected to the world, and full of hope. In short: joyous, human, and inspiring."
"Read this book. Be amazed at a man as decent as Bob Harris. Learn how the world works. Actually help improve the world. And be entertained, amused, and enlightened along the way. Seriously. Just by reading a book."
-Arthur Phillips, author if The Tragedy of Arthur