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Jessica Jackley

Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

4.2 (24 ratings)
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Clay Water Brick by Jessica Jackley is a memoir of a woman who founded Kiva, a non-profit providing micro-loans to entrepreneurs. She shares lessons for entrepreneurs with a social-impact lens.

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    While conventional charities are floundering, entrepreneurs in developing nations are making a difference.

    Designer suits, expensive cars, cash to burn: that’s how most of us picture the life of a successful entrepreneur. But not all entrepreneurs are enjoying life in the fast lane. Some of the most ingenious, resourceful and innovative entrepreneurs live and work in the poorest areas of the world.

    In recent years, entrepreneurs from developing nations have become beacons of hope. Far from widening the divide between rich and poor, the entrepreneurial spirit could help us close it.

    Entrepreneurship may even be a far better solution to poverty than any other current method. Why?

    Well, consider how the average charity works. A person donates a given amount of money knowing that it’s for a good cause. They don’t know how that money will be spent, who it helps or the quality of the charity’s assistance.

    Individuals that want to feel more involved in a charity’s activity may volunteer. The author herself volunteered in many organizations. But no matter whether she was helping out at a hospital, at a sports club, in a soup kitchen or a halfway house for teenage mothers – she couldn’t help feeling like she wasn’t making a lasting impact.

    Moreover, seeing the same people return every day for assistance with little motivation to change their own lives is disheartening to many volunteers. Charities, of course, are an indispensable part of society. But there are more ways to make a difference.

    As the saying goes: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The author understood the significance of this after gaining firsthand experience in East Africa with Californian nonprofit Village Enterprise. After interviewing local small business owners about their lives and the positive impact of Village Enterprise’s financial sponsorship, one thing was clear:

    These people had the ideas, motivation and aspirations to fight their way out of poverty. All they needed was a little financial support. This gave birth to a revolutionary way of improving conditions in developing communities. The following blinks will tell you more about how it happened.

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    What is Clay Water Brick about?

    Clay Water Brick (2015) explores the author’s unusual business career in connection with stories of successful micro-entrepreneurs all over the globe. These blinks reveal the strategies of entrepreneurs who make something out of nothing while making a difference in struggling communities.

    Clay Water Brick Review

    Clay Water Brick (2015) by Jessica Jackley offers a captivating journey into the world of social entrepreneurship, demonstrating that anyone can make a positive impact. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with inspiring stories of ordinary people creating extraordinary change, it shows that anyone can be a changemaker.
    • By combining personal anecdotes with practical advice, the book provides a roadmap for turning passion into purpose and making a difference in the world.
    • Its engaging narrative and thought-provoking insights make social entrepreneurship accessible and exciting, ensuring the book is far from boring.

    Best quote from Clay Water Brick

    Your mission is your identity and your guide. It tells the world and serves to remind you, exactly who you are and who you are not.

    —Jessica Jackley
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    Who should read Clay Water Brick?

    • Aspiring entrepreneurs worried that a lack of resources will hold them back
    • Activists interested in sustainable approaches to changing the world
    • Those who want to see global issues from an optimistic perspective

    About the Author

    Jessica Jackley is a social entrepreneur and founder of the unique and successful micro-lending platform Kiva. With a focus on financial inclusion, the sharing economy and social justice, Jackley has played instrumental roles in a number of other enterprises. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Business School.

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    Clay Water Brick FAQs 

    What is the main message of Clay Water Brick?

    The main message of Clay Water Brick is that small actions can have a big impact on solving poverty and creating positive change.

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    Is Clay Water Brick a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Clay Water Brick is worth reading because it provides inspiring stories and practical insights into social entrepreneurship and making a difference.

    Who is the author of Clay Water Brick?

    The author of Clay Water Brick is Jessica Jackley.

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