Monthly Monday Book Review for March’2014 – Global Girlfriends – Stacey Edgar

Every month on first Monday, we do Book Review. Last Monday, we had Guest Blogging. So, this month, we have moved this segment to Second Monday.  Time for Book Review!

Enjoy the Book Review with steaming hot coffee.

Book Name – Global Girlfriends

Author – Stacey Edgar

Official description of the Book

“Eight years ago, Stacey Edgar had a $2,000 tax return and a deep desire to help provide economic security for women in need. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 per day, seventy percent are women. What she didn’t have was a business plan. Or a passport. But that didn’t stop her from creating a socially conscious business that has helped poor women in five continents feed their families and send their children to school.

Global Girlfriends is Stacey’s inspiring story of following her convictions, interwoven with the stories of her colleagues and friends–real women all over the world, from Guatemala to Nepal, from Haiti to Uganda. It is also a passionate argument for simple actions we can all take to eliminate extreme poverty.”

What’s in the Book?

The book starts with the Introduction – No Passport Required. It continues with Peace Corps Reject and goes through many destinations of fair trade social enterprises. The journey ends with Afterword and Beyond.

What I liked the most?

1) Most of the chapters recount author’s travels to meet with the people making the products that are sold at http://www.globalgirlfriend.com/store/ggf/site . This kind of story telling makes it super interesting.

2) As you move forward, it also documents the successful development of the business with those folks she met during the travel. This approach makes it lot more interesting to continue reading.

3) During the start phase, author doesn’t know much about business. Author’s approach of sharing her fears and successes, her hesitations and greatest ideas acts like a confidence boost for any women planning to get into the venture.

4) Also, the epilogue, ‘Afterward: And Beyond’ lays out all the resources you need to follow a passion to help women and bring them out of poverty. This account of pointers feels like you have come one big round.

5) The book accounts success stories of women who have survived rape, war, torture, and other obstacles to create business and supported their families. Every story will serve as an example for the International Women’s Day 2014 theme – “Inspiring Change”

Did you know?

According to United Nations Development Fund for Women, women do 66% of the world’s work but earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property.

What was the surprise?

India had become the 3rd largest consumer of plastic behind only United States and Canada

Verse to remember

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck” – The Dalai Lama

Crowning glory

Every girl loves to own all fashion brands in the world. But there is this special dress that she loves to wear on very special occasion.

On that note, you may have affordability and accessibility to world’s top most fashion designers. But a very simple handmade dress with mom’s love is the ultimate joy

On that note, every story is great and there is no differing opinion on that.

But, the greatest, the most beautiful and the most impressive of all is – “God turns his head on the Indian Highway”

This title features the Story of Conserve India & Anita Ahuja

So, have you read this book? If yes, were our views different?

Official description of the book sourced from – http://staceyedgar.com/praise-for-global-girlfriends/

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