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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Washington Post Reviews Portfolios of the Poor

Carlos Lozada from the Washington Post reviewed Portfolios of the Poor today. The review describes Portfolios as a valuable departure from the rhetoric of global poverty.

"As the economists rumble, however, the poor get on with the messy business of living. On this, two new books chart a refreshingly distinct path. "Portfolios of the Poor and The Beautiful Tree avoid the big picture and zoon in on the basics of dialy poverty, exploring how poor families manage their money and educate their children. Their conclusions leave room for hope, based less on trust in big answers than on faith in human ingenuity."

Read the full review here:

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