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

ISBN-10: 0691148198
ISBN-13: 9780691148199
Edition: 2009
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Description: Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. If you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? How would  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. If you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? How would you handle emergencies and old age? Every day, more than a billion people around the world must answer these questions.Portfolios of the Pooris the first book to explain systematically how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial problems.The authors conducted year-long interviews with impoverished villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa--records that track penny by penny how specific households manage their money. The stories of these families are often surprising and inspiring. Most poor households do not live hand to mouth, spending what they earn in a desperate bid to keep afloat. Instead, they employ financial tools, many linked to informal networks and family ties. They push money into savings for reserves, squeeze money out of creditors whenever possible, run sophisticated savings clubs, and use microfinancing wherever available. Their experiences reveal new methods to fight poverty and ways to envision the next generation of banks for the "bottom billion."Indispensable for those in development studies, economics, and microfinance,Portfolios of the Poorwill appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about poverty and what can be done about it.

Daryl Collins conceived and directed the most recent version of the financial diaries in South Africa and is a senior associate at Bankable Frontier Associates in Boston. Jonathan Morduch is professor of public policy and economics at New York University and coauthor of "The Economics of Microfinance". Stuart Rutherford is the author of "The Poor and Their Money", and founder of SafeSave, a microfinance institution in Bangladesh. Orlanda Ruthven recently completed a doctoral degree in international development at the University of Oxford and lives in New Delhi.

List of Tables
List of Figures
The Portfolios of the Poor
The Daily Grind
Dealing with Risk
Building Blocks: Creating Usefully Large Sums
The Price of Money
Rethinking Microfinance: The Grameen II Diaries
Better Portfolios
The Story behind the Portfolios
A Selection of Portfolios
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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