Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit
An important contribution to the literature of economic development, this book presents case studies of productive entrepreneurship in contemporary Africa and Latin America. It looks at the growth of Kenya's chain stores and one-person kiosks, the rise of barter clubs in Argentina, and Nigeria's clothing-design industry to illustrate economists' insights about entrepreneur...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Independent Institute
(first published January 1st 2008)
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This book is a good overview, and more than that, a good reference for further research on entrepreneurship in the developing world. Five case studies are included, with three focusing on specific companies that made it big from a small start. The other two studies focus on thriving entrepreneurial industries in Nigeria and Argentina that might become even more successful with the right institutions and reforms. The first two cases, both out of Peru, are the most compelling in part because the f...more
The book takes on the role of business in particular entrepreneurship as a means to alleviate poverty. In it, methodical accounts of the rise of impoverished business developers in underdeveloped countries are given. Several case studies are featured documenting the economic progress of such individuals who has used entrepreneurship to create flourishing businesses and increase their standard of living.