Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and by V. Kasturi Rangan, John A. Quelch, Gustavo Herrero, Brooke

By V. Kasturi Rangan, John A. Quelch, Gustavo Herrero, Brooke Barton

In keeping with learn provided on the Harvard enterprise School’s first-ever convention on company techniques to poverty relief, enterprise suggestions for the worldwide terrible brings jointly views from best lecturers and company, non-profit and public area managers. The members draw on functional and dynamic how-to insights from major BOP ventures from greater than twenty nations world-wide. this significant quantity displays poverty’s multi-faceted nature and a large variety of actors—multinational and native companies, marketers, civil society corporations and governments—that play a task in its relief.

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Mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, everyone used to beat me. I have been beaten by everyone. . I have also been beaten by my father-in-law. qxp 11/16/06 3:24 PM Page 18 18 Business Solutions for the Global Poor Terrified of her husband, Mohua would praise him in public even more so than other wives. In his presence, she always said that serving one’s husband is tantamount to serving God (swami seva ishwar seva)—the common refrain of the dutiful Hindu wife. But in private she admitted that this was difficult.

Manik was particularly resentful because, as the eldest brother in his own family, he had to find the dowry to marry off his sisters (he had nine siblings). He had hoped to recoup this loss by getting a good dowry from Mohua’s family. Manik’s hostility to Mohua was rooted in his disappointment at being denied the expected dowry. So far, Mohua has been a “good” loanee of the Grameen Bank. She has been able to make the weekly repayments. But the income that she works so hard to earn is not hers to spend, and Manik uses violence to ensure that she doesn’t “rise above him” through her profit-making activities.

I could have got my master’s. I have lost everything. I don’t even have a husband to take care of. When I look at my books now, I cry. Once there was a way out, once there was direction (in my life). . Only God can understand my anguish. BRINDA, YOUNG RISHI (UNTOUCHABLE) WOMAN Highly educated for a low-income rural environment, Brinda finished high school and two years of community college at the intermediate level. She was then married to a man who did not even have a primary school education.

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